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Wedding scrapbook compiled by Lollaretta Pemberton

Lollaretta Elizabeth Pemberton (1895-1979) married Grover Joseph Allen (1889-1984) on July 10, 1939 in Marshall, Texas. The wedding was the talk of the town as it was featured in multiple local newspapers at the time. Ms. Pemberton, a graduate of Prairie View College and the Tuskegee Institute, was head of the Home Economics Department at Central High School in Marshall and Mr. Allen was a post-office employee. As with most brides, Miss Pemberton kept a scrapbook of “Wedding Memories” with all the particulars of her big day including, newspaper clippings of her dream wedding dress, the wedding invitation and a list of guests and their gifts. The scrapbook also details the bridal shower and honeymoon in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The wedding scrapbook offers invaluable information on weddings taking place during segregation in the South as well as highlighting African American migration. Immediately after the wedding and honeymoon, the couple moved to Chicago and later, in the 1940s to California. Lollaretta Pemberton Allen’s wedding gown, scrapbook, and photographs are featured in the inaugural exhibitions at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. With many fold-outs, handwritten entries, and newspaper clippings there is a lot to discover; help us transcribe the Wedding Scrapbook as part of the wedding season.

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What the Graduates of Lincoln Institute are Doing, 1906

Using photographs and biographies, this book highlights the achievements of some of the most notable graduates from Lincoln University in Missouri. Help us transcribe this book and learn more about the university’s earliest graduates.

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Whitney M. Young Jr. award received by Norma Merrick Sklarek

Explore the connection between activism and architecture by transcribing this Whitney M. Young Jr. Award. In 1968, Young (1921 - 1971) delivered the keynote speech at the American Institute of Architects annual convention. The speech challenged the field to engage with social issues. Architect Norma Sklarek (1926 - 2012) received this award for her career of dedicated service as the “Rosa Parks of Architecture.” Sklarek was a pioneering African American architect and one of the first licensed female architects in the country.

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Wilberforce versus Tuskegee College Football Program

College football game day is an iconic part of American culture. Each team and its fan bases have their own set of traditions and events. This program from a 1944 game between Tuskegee Institute and Wilberforce University is not any different. Filled with photographs and fight songs. The program represents two of the early football powerhouses at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Help us transcribe and get into the game day spirit.

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