{52 Ancestors #2} Ms. Julia Estelle Herndon - Dillard University's Delta Dear


I'm a little late posting this, but thought it fitting to write about my oldest family soror on the 101st anniversary of our esteemed sorority.

Julia Estelle Herndon was born in February of 1894 in Oxford, North Carolina to Harriett Herndon and a yet unknown father. She had two sisters -- Florence and Alice -- the former of which was my great-grandmother (Garfield Cross's wife).

Aunt Julia was an amazing, smart, strong woman who lived most of her adult life in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was a life-long educator and active member of her community. While she never married or had children of her own, she raised my great-aunt, Julia Margaret Cross (Garfield Cross's only daughter).

She also owned land in Oxford, NC, Mississippi and New Orleans:
Notice of Sale - 23 September 1951

More to the point, she helped charter the Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at Dillard University in 1937.

Aunt Julia left a legacy of dedication, service, and education; but not only that, she also left books, papers, letters and photographs that tell the story of her amazing life. I'm still putting it all together and hope to share more soon. I am so grateful for the glimpse into her life, and the life of those around her, that she left...for me.

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