Dean Lucy Diggs Slowe

Lucy Diggs Slowe (1885–1937) became the Dean of Women at Howard University in 1922, and the first African American woman to hold the position of Dean of Women in the United States. She was a tennis champion, the first African American to win the title national title of the American Tennis  Association.

She wrote to the University of Minnesota Dean of Women, Anne Blitz, in order to ask her to find housing for the daughter of a close friend, who was African American. Her correspondence with Dean Blitz is an important statement of how racial segregation worked at the University of Minnesota and in the lives of a Dean of Women at an Historically Black College.

SourceHoward University Archive, Box 90-13 701 229.Time Period1930s