(3) 550 Perry St. – Old Harriet St. School – Marguerite Eaglin

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Marguerite Eaglin (1920-2004) was born in Texas to Orville and Leona Davis. She moved to Michigan in 1940, hitchhiking on a whim with her husband, Simon Eaglin, eventually moving to Ypsilanti. Graduating from what is now Eastern Michigan University in 1953, she became a teacher at Harriet Street Elementary that same year. A leading force in education reform and the Civil Rights Movement in Ypsilanti, Marguerite was chosen in 1957 by the Ypsilanti School District to aid in its integration. Later she was named chairperson of the newly established Human Relations Commission. During the 1960s, she helped to refound and served as President of the Ypsilanti-Willow Run Branch of the NAACP. She was elected second vice president of the Michigan NAACP in 1962.  In 1967, Mrs. Eaglin began work as a counselor at Washtenaw Community College, later serving as faculty union president. Active until her death in 2004, Marguerite was a founder of the Ypsilanti Voguettes, a civil and social group for women and a member of the Palm Leaf Club.

Bibliography

Vertical Files, Black History Collection, Ypsilanti Historical Society.

Collins-Eaglin, Jan and Jones, Lola M. Standing Tall. Ann Arbor: Xlibris, 2011.

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