Lillian Ransier Wright papers collection
Scope and Contents
Papers consist of material regarding the Avery Normal Institute, including a 1940 Avery Tiger and a photocopy of a photograph of the class of 1924 with all persons identified; various printed programs and newspaper articles re church and community activities and the dedication (1980) of Burke High School’s Field-Simms-Wright Vocational Center named, in part, for William G. Wright; assorted 20th Century papers re Alonzo Jacob Ransier, including biographical information and a copy of a SC House Resolution to designate April 16, 1980, Alonzo Jacob Ransier Day; and papers re Lillian Wright’s funeral.
- Wright, Lillian Ransier, 1905-1995 (Person)
Biographical / Historical
Lillian Ransier Wright, daughter of Alonzo Jacob Ransier, Jr. and Franca Louisa Whitsell was born in 1905 in Savannah, GA. A graduate (1924) of the Avery Normal Institute in Charleston, SC, she taught in Moncks Corner, SC and was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where she served on the Altar Guild. Wright’s husband, William G. Wright (1901-1988), taught carpentry at Burke High School and her grandfather, Alonzo Jacob Ransier, served as a Reconstruction era United States congressman and Lt. Gov. of South Carolina. Lillian Wright dies in 1995 and is buried in the Brotherly Cemetery in Charleston, SC.
Language of Materials
Compilation of the Ransier and Wright family history and contribution to the advancement of African-American community. The collection focuses on the contributions of Alonzo Jacob Ransier in the reconstruction era being a congressman and Lt. Gov. of SC. He was also Lillian Ransier Wright’s father. Lillian Ransier Wright was a graduate of the Avery Normal Institute and was teacher by profession and was involved in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church whereas her husband William G. Wright taught carpentry at Burke High School’s Fields-Simms-Wright Vocational center. The collection consists of program files, photographs, journals and booklets. Specific – Alonzo Jacob Ransier Day.
- African American legislators
- Alonzo Jacob Ransier Day
- Avery Normal Institute
- Avery Tiger
- Burke High School (Charleston, S.C.). Fields-Sims-Wright Vocational Center
- Centenary United Methodist Church (Charleston, S.C.) -- Anniversaries, etc.
- Church architecture -- South Carolina -- Charleston
- Coming Street YWCA (Charleston, S.C.) -- Anniversaries, etc.
- Ransier, Alonzo J. (Alonzo Jacob), 1834-1882
- Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
- Smith, Willie, 1910-1967
- St. Mark's Protestant Episcopal Church (Charleston, S.C.)
- Wright, Lillian Ransier, 1905-1995
- Wright, William G., 1901-1988
- Lillian Ransier Wright Papers Collection
- Sarah Berry
- April 2020
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