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Texas Hill Country Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Austin: Connelly-Yearwood House


This house was purchased in 1925 by Dr. Charles Yerwood, an African American physician. Later, his daughter, Dr. Connie Yerwood Conner, took ownership, resided in the house and painted it the pink and aqua colors of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest Greek-letter society established by African American women. Following in her father's footsteps, Conner worked for the state's Department of Health where, despite facing discrimination both as an African American and as a woman, she eventually rose to the position of Chief of the Bureau of Personal Health Services. Conner paid special attention to the problem of child and infant mortality in Texas, which she addressed through programs aimed at training midwives, providing prenatal care and expanding child immunization.


Location

  • 1155 E. 12th Street
  • Austin, Texas
  • 78702

Hours & Fees

  • Private residence.

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