Wedding scrapbook compiled by Lollaretta Pemberton
About the Project
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.