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A photograph of Xavia Hightower Howard possibly taken when she graduated from Williams Institute of Mortuary Science, Kansas City, Kansas. Her mother Victoria Murdoch-Hightower owned and operated Citizens Funeral Home in Wichita, Kansas. After her mother's death in 1942, Xavia became the proprietor. 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.
Item Number: 223604
Call Number: B Howard, Xavia Hightower *1
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 223604
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Funeral director
Business and Industry - Services - Mortuaries - Undertaker
Collections - Photograph
Date - 1940s - 1941
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
People - African Americans
People - Women
Places - Cities and towns - Wichita
Places - Counties - Sedgwick
Type of Material - Photographs