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Xavia Hightower Howard

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Date: Between 1980 and 1985

Level of Description: Item

Material Type: Photograph

Call Number: B Howard, Xavia Hightower *3

Unit ID: 223606

Summary: A photograph of Xavia Hightower Howard who was born in 1916 and lived in Wichita, Kansas. Her mother Victoria Murdoch-Hightower owned and operated Citizens Funeral Home. In 1941, Xavia graduated from Williams Institute of Mortuary Science. After her mother's death in 1942, Xavia became the proprietor of Citizens Funeral Home. She was the first female African-American licensed funeral director and embalmer in Kansas. Xavia was active in the community serving on many committees and boards. She retired from the funeral business in 1998.

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Title (Main title): Xavia Hightower Howard


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