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Annie Swan

November 4, 1929 ~ October 4, 2020 (age 90)



Annie Swan((91) passed away on October 4, 2020, she was a native of Sumter County, Alabama. She was the third child of 15 children born to A.P. and Pallee Delaine. She was born in Cuba, Alabama. Cuba is located on U.S. 11 the last city going west before entering into the state of Mississippi. She received her childhood education through the Sumter County Public School System. A product of a segregated system. She graduated in 1948 from Kinterbish High School in Cuba, Alabama.

After graduation she entered into college at Alabama A. & M. College (later named A. & M. University), which was a segregated college. The college was approximate 400 miles from her hometown, which meant her transportation was by bus (Greyhound to Birmingham then to Birmingham then transferred to Trail Way bus line to Huntsville, Alabama, after arriving to Huntsville, the college bus would transfer them to the campus.

Her parents took her to campus at the beginning of the school year and would pick her up at the end of the year. In May, 1952, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with a major in Home Economics and a minor in Social Studies.

In the fall of 1952, she obtained a teaching position. For two years, she taught grades 1-3rd. In 1954, she obtained a teaching position in Home Economics at the largest (segregated) high school in Sumter County namely Sumter County Training School in Livingston, Alabama, which was 17 miles from Cuba. After 4 years in the County she received a permanent status.

In June, 1956, she became the bride of Lewis Swan. After coming to Elyria and getting settle, her first stop was the unemployment office where she placed an application for employment. It was through this office in late August that she obtained her first teaching position. One week after her resignation from Sumter County School Board. Her second stop was credential was the Elyria City School Superintendent office, after her appointment, she was told there was no position available.

In August, 1956, one week before the start of school, a member of the Lorain County Child Welfare Department Board (now known as Lorain Children Services) approached her on a Sunday, about a teaching position. The following Monday, she met with the Director and was given a teaching position.

In September, 1956, she begin her teaching career in Ohio. For eight years she taught the mentally challenged. These were very rewarding years although she didn’t have a permanent location. She and her husband were housed in churches. In the meantime she continued her education at Baldwin Wallace and Kent State University to obtained certification in elementary education.

In 1976, she begun graduate studies at Bowling State University, graduating with a Master’s Degree in 1979. In 1964, she was employed by the city of Elyria Board of Education. She begun at Edison Elementary School, teaching 5th grade. She taught elementary school in Elyria for more than 25 years as a teacher.

She was a member of Second Baptist Church of Elyria, and was the director of the children band, Sunday School Superintendent of the children department, Senior Choir, Harrison and Rucker Missionary Circle, Church Secretary, Adult Women Sunday School Class; J.A.O Club of the Y.M.C.A., Former Board member of Y.M.C.A; Charter member of the Elyria Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. which she held many offices and committees, organizer of Elyria Youth Club of NANBPW; Charter Member, the only African American member of Delta Nu Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Sidonia Chapter#69 Order of the Eastern Stars, Iota Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Lorain County Retired Teachers Association, Ohio Retired Teachers Association and an organization specially design for active seniors called "Jolly 60s." 

The Second Baptist Church of Elyria, Ohio will celebrate the life of Mrs. Annie Swan Monday, October 12, 2020 at 6:00pm with a memorial service. The wake and funeral will be all in one on Saturday Oct. 17th at 11:00 a.m. in the Zion Hill Baptist Church and Burial will be held at Cagus Cemetery in Cuba, Alabama



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