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Miss Helen Hortense Tildon

The July 29, 1944 issue of the Chicago Defender carried this photo of Fisk student, Miss Helen Hortense Tildon of Tuskegee, Alabama.

Miss Tildon is the daughter of Lt. Col. Touissant T. and Margaret Tildon. The family is from Tuskegee, where this picture was taken, where I find 4 year old Helen H. enumerated with parents and brother Touissant Jr. 

Her father is enumerated as a physician and was born in Texas.   He was a pyschiatrist and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1923 and would spend most of his career in Tuskegee.  [Black Psychiatrists and American Psychiatry].  Harvard has an online resource called Against All Odds that includes a biographical sketch about her father – click on the “Part Two: Biographical Sketches” to find it.  It appears though that the family last name may have been Tilden.

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