Mabel M. Hull was a local newspaper reporter who wrote about African American life for the Wheeling Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register from the 1940s through the early 1960s. She also wrote a column entitled “Breezes from Wheeling” which was published in the Pittsburgh Courier, the influential African American newspaper published in Pittsburgh. Emma Wiley, an AmeriCorps member currently serving with Wheeling Heritage and volunteer in the OCPL Archives, will tell us about the life of Mabel Hull.
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PRESENTER BIO: Emma Wiley, originally from Falls Church, Virginia, is an AmeriCorps member currently serving with Wheeling Heritage researching and writing historical content for Weelunk. Emma has a B.A. in History from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and is passionate about connecting communities, history, and social justice.
FEATURED COLLECTION: The Mabel M. Hull Scrapbooks, OCPL Archives
Part of the OCPL Archives and Special Collections, this collection consists of five scrapbooks compiled by Mabel Hull which contain clippings of her columns from both the Wheeling papers and the Pittsburgh Courier. Her dispatches — documenting African American life in mid-century Wheeling — report on prominent African American leaders visiting Wheeling, notable church activities, weddings, and other social activities. Several of the institutions often mentioned include the Blue Triangle Branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YMCA), Lincoln School, Wayman AME Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, and the Wheeling branch of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
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