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Name:    Cook, Fannie Frank
Category:  African-American Experience, Cultural Life
Born/Started:     Oct. 04, 1893
Died/Ended:     Aug. 25, 1949
Description:    Fannie Cook was a writer and activist who introduced her white readers to St. Louis´ middle-class black population and to the Ville neighborhood. Her book, Mrs. Palmer´s Honey, was a fictional work that addressed racial segregation and prejudice in St. Louis. The book won the first George Washington Carver Memorial Award for works dealing with issues of Black Americans. Ms. Cook was active in the fight to locate Homer G. Phillips Hospital in the Ville, and worked to establish a vocational school for blacks and initiate training courses at Washington University for black social workers. She also served on the Mayor´s Race Relations Commission, where she sought to eliminate segregation in public accommodations at hotels, theatres and department store lunch counters.

In Her Place: A Guide to St. Louis Women's History



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