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Lefax, Inc., American, c. twentieth century  Search this
Owned by:
Dr. Ionia Rollin Whipper, American, 1872 - 1953  Search this
ink on paper with metal and leather
H x W: 7 1/4 × 5 1/2 in. (18.4 × 14 cm)
Place used:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
This journal provides insight into the spiritual and intellectual life of Dr. Ionia Rollin Whipper, doctor and social reformer. A 1903 graduate of Howard Medical School, Dr. Whipper was an obstetrician working in the Maternity Ward of Freedmen's Hospital. She encountered many teenage mothers in her work, mentoring them through their pregnancies and caring for their infants. With a small group of women from the community of her church, AME St. Luke's, Whipper raised money to open a home for unwed pregnant girls. In 1931, the Ionia R. Whipper Home for Unwed Mothers opened in Northeast Washington, DC and remained the only maternity home for black women in the Washington area for decades.
Journal of Dr. Ionia Rollin Whipper. The journal has a leather cover and binder with unlined pages. On the front cover is the manufacturer, [LEFAX]. Each page is covered with inspirational quotes about religion and life. Each thought or sentence is divided by a handdrawn line. Along with the quotes are lists of attendees at Meetings. There is a break halfway through with blank pages, then the journal continues until the last page. On the inner back cover, printed in gold ink, is the manufacturer's information. [NO. 675 / LEFAX / PHILADELPHIA, PA. / MADE IN U.S.A.].
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African American  Search this
African Methodist Episcopal  Search this
Communities  Search this
Methodist  Search this
Religion  Search this
Social reform  Search this
Spirituality  Search this
The Black Church  Search this
Women  Search this
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Carole Ione Lewis Family Collection
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