Thursday, October 8, 2015


Fannie Tarkington was one of the four African-American women who were given trials at the 135th Street Branch in 1920.

I have found only sketchy information about her life.

She was born in Virginia and graduated from the North Carolina State Colored Normal School (now Elizabeth City State University) in 1908.  The commencement program gives her name as Fannie Clarine Janieth Targinton (sic).  She apparently attended Howard University in the 1910s and perhaps worked in Washington D.C. as a social worker.  She moved to New York City in the later 1910s.

The 1940 US Census (the only one in which I found her listed) had her living in Harlem as a lodger and working as an “independent dressmaker”  Three articles in the New York Age from the 1940s mention her participation in activities of the Howard University Club of NY.

As far as I can determine she ever worked as a librarian.

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