Roads named after two women in Ohio

October 17, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

From the Akron Beacon-Journal:

amha16cut_04Located at the edge of a park inAMHA’s Edgewood Village, the street sign on a corner now bears the name of roads honoring ”two exceptional leaders in the community” — Rita Dove Lane and Mary Peavy Eagle Court.

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority Director Tony O’Leary unveiled the sign Friday at an event that attracted more than 150 guests.

Dove, daughter of the first black research chemist at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., received a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 at the age of 34 for her third book, Thomas and Beulah, a collection of poems based on the lives of her grandparents in Akron.

She is married to a fellow writer, German Fred Viebahn. She teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville.

The second honoree, Eagle, an activist and community leader, died in 2005.

She was the first black PTA president in Summit County, founder of the Akron Negro Council and a charter member of the Ohio Community Chest, now the United Way. She was instrumental in seeing that the first and second black teachers were hired in Akron and was active in the NAACP and the Democratic Party. She was also an active, 78-year member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.

She was the first black woman to run for state representative and for Akron City Council in the 1940s. She worked for 17 years as a county bookkeeper.

Read the full article here.

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