Lucie Eddie Campbell

Lucie Eddie Campbell (HM1OA4)

Location: Memphis, TN 38126 Shelby County
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N 35° 7.659', W 90° 2.683'

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Composer, Educator and Activist

— 1885-1963 —


Born in Duck Hill, Mississippi, in 1885, the youngest of seven children,
Lucie E. Campbell moved to Memphis and was educated in the Memphis public
schools. She graduated as valedictorian from Kortrecht High School (later
Booker T. Washington) where she taught for many years. Campbell earned
degrees from Rust College and Tennessee AandI State College. A civil justice
activist, Campbell also fought to redress the pay scale and benefit inequities
for African-American teachers. She became President of the Tennessee Teachers
Association and was a long-time leader of the National Baptist Choral Society.


As Music Director of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.,
she auditioned Mahalia Jackson and Thomas Dorsey. She was the first woman
among early great" African-American gospel music composers, composing
Something Within Me in 1919. She composed more than 100 such songs, including
He'll Understand and Say Well Done (1933) and In the Upper Room (1947).
Campbell died in Nashville on January 3, 1963. Her remains were buried in
Memphis' Mount Carmel Cemetery.
HM NumberHM1OA4
Marker Number4E 153
Placed ByTennessee Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 28th, 2015 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 769295 N 3891197
Decimal Degrees35.12765000, -90.04471667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 7.659', W 90° 2.683'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 7' 39.54" N, 90° 2' 40.98" W
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Area Code(s)901
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 693-717 S Lauderdale St, Memphis TN 38126, US
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