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A photograph of Xavia Hightower Howard at an awards banquet. Xavia was born in 1916 and lived in Wichita, Kansas. Her mother Victoria Murdoch-Hightower owned and operated Citizens Funeral Home. In 1941, Xavia graduated from Williams Institute of Mortuary Science, Kansas City, Kansas. After her mother's death in 1942, Xavia became the proprietor of Citizens Funeral Home. 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.
Date: Between 1980 and 1985
Item Number: 223610
Call Number: B Howard, Xavia Hightower *7
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 223610
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Funeral director
Business and Industry - Services - Mortuaries
Collections - Photograph
Date - 1980s
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