Shorefront Center
Lorraine H. Morton
May 05, 2020

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Narrator: Lorraine H. Morton

Interviewer: Morris (Dino) Robinson

Transcriptionist: Audio Transcription Center

Subject-LOC: African Americans — United States — Evanston — Illinois — History 1960-2000 — Housing — Music — Recreation — Segregation — Social Conditions 1964-1975, 1975- —Suburban African Americans — Civil Rights —

Subject-IDA: African Americans Local History Oral History Domestic/Community/Social Life Government Women

Description: Lorraine H. Morton was born in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She came to Evanston to pursue her Master’s degree at Northwestern University in education. She was part of the early hires of Black teachers in Evanston that began in 1942. Morton later was a Principal at Haven Junior High. In service to the Evanston community, she served as 5th ward alderman and later elected as Evanston’s first Black Mayor in 1992 and served until 2008. This recording was part of the “Through The Eyes of Us” series. In 2018, Shorefront produced a documentary film on her life entitled "Lorraine H. Morton: A Life Worthwhile".

Date Original: June 27, 1997

Coverage Geographic: 408101|Evanston|Populated Place|IL|17|Cook|031|420228N|0874124W|42.0411414|-87.6900587|||||187|614|

Coverage Temporal: 1950s - 1990s

Type: Sound

Collection Publisher: Shorefront Legacy Center

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