Emma Henderson, 1925 - 2014

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Title

Emma Henderson, 1925 - 2014

Subject

Teachers
Educators
African Americans--History--Tuscaloosa

Description

Emma Henderson was a pioneer of education in Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama.

Henderson moved from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa in 1947 to teach in the Tuscaloosa City Schools. In addition to teaching high school, she taught adults who wanted to obtain their high school diplomas, but who were too old for school.

Seven years later, Henderson opened Tuscaloosa Day Care Center in McKenzie Court. Later, the day care was moved to Stillman College and was renamed Stillman Daycare Center and Kindergarten and was the first licensed day care/pre-kindergarten program in Tuscaloosa. It was the second oldest in the state; the oldest was believed to be in Mobile.

Henderson had 103 students and 30 faculty members at the center's peak in the 1970s. Henderson was said to take a break in the mornings to ride through the low income housing projects to talk to parents of children she saw out playing to qualify them for the program. In the 50 years the program was open, Henderson taught about 5,000 children. Many, like U.S. Magistrate Judge John England III, are well-known throughout the state.

In addition to participating in educational associations throughout her life, Henderson marched in civil rights movement protests and led some voter registration drives in the 1960s and 1970s.

Source

Tuscaloosa News

Publisher

Tuscaloosa News

Date

2014

Contributor

Betty Slowe (Description)

Type

Photograph

Identifier

1237

Coverage

Tuscaloosa (AL)

Original Format

Photograph

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