Guide to the Willadean Martin Hall Photographs, 1939 - 1979
Record Group 211

Description: 16 digitized images, 600 dpi TIF, full color

Biographical Sketch: Willadean Hall (neé Martin) was born in 1943 in Abbeville, Alabama. She graduated in 1961 from Henry County Training School (African American High School in Henry County until the system was desegregated almost ten years later), and received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 1965 from Alabama State University. She taught at Manatee Elementary School in Palmetto, Florida (1965-1967), Henry County Training School (1968- 1969), and Abbeville (Alabama) Middle School (1975-2001).

Hall received her master's degree in Elementary Education in 1980 from Troy State University, and taught as an adjunct instructor at Wallace Community College in the summers of 2002 and 2003. She is a member of professional and civic organizations as well as the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and attends St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church.

The images in this collection concern Hall's immediate and extended family, particularly her mother and father, grandmother and grandfather, and an aunt and uncle. Some of the images are of her as a child. Ms. Hall married Moses Hall in 1964 and they later divorced. Ms. Hall's daughter is Felecia Martin Goolsby. As of 2016, Ms. Hall resides in Abbeville, Alabama.

Ms. Hall supplied these family photographs to be scanned as part of the NEH-funded "Wiregrass Common Heritage Project" of the Wiregrass Archives and Troy University Dothan Campus History Department. The Project held two Community Scanning Days, June 18 and 25, 2016.

Scope / Content Note: Sixteen photographs of Ms. Hall as a child, her grandmother and grandfather, her mother and father, two photographs of graduating classes from Henry County (Alabama) Training School (1939 and 1961).

Preferred Citation: Willadean Hall Photographs, RG 211, Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL

Acquisition Method: Gift

Access/User Limits? Open per gift agreement

Processor: MTO Proc Date: 6/27/2016



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Willadean (Martin) Hall's grandmother, Annie Jane Martin, in backyard of her house 115 Hall St., Abbeville. With dog. Date is late 1930s to early 1940s.


Ms. Annie Jane Martin's son, Isaac Porter Martin, in grandmother's yard 115 Hall St., Abbeville, AL. With 1940s automobile, coupe, possibly Pontiac. Ca. 1940.


Aunt Mamie Sue Martin (Annie Jane Martin's daughter), taken at grandmother's house, 115 Hall St., Abbeville, AL. Woman sitting on fender of 1940s automobile, coupe, possibly Pontiac, house in background. Ca. 1940.


Date from knowledge that Willadean (Martin) Hall in pix was born in 1943 and appears to be 6 yo. L-R = Willadean Martin (Hall), Claude Martin (her brother). At Grandfather's house (John Peterman) 104 Gilliam St., Abbeville, AL. By Payne's Studio, Dothan, AL. Ca. 1940.


Professional photo of Willadean Martin as a ca. 6-month old. Standing on chair, wearing only diaper. Born Aug 7, 1943. By Payne's Studio, Dothan, AL. Ca. 1943-1944.


Professional portrait of Willadean Martin as ca. 6-month old child (born Aug 7 1943), child in dress, hair ribbon, socks, shoes, sitting on table, tiled floor. By Payne's Studio, Dothan, AL. Ca. 1943-1944.


Professional photo portrait L-to-R (mother) Annie Mae Peterman Martin, Willadean Martin

Mom in plaid suit, daughter in dress (pulled up above waist), hair ribbon. Sitting before multipane window. By Payne's Studio, Dothan, AL. Ca. 1943.


Ca 1970s, Boston woman was in Abbeville for civil rights work. Woman's sorority adopted Ms. Annie Mae Peterman Martin's daycare and sponsored many physical improvements (appliances, etc.) Portrait of Annie Mae Peterman Martin, in plaid suit, wearing glasses, posing against tree in yard of daycare w as many as 40. Date of photograph is ca. 1979.


Ca 1970s, Boston woman was in Abbeville for civil rights work. Woman's sorority adopted Ms. Annie Mae Peterman Martin's daycare and sponsored many physical improvements (appliances, etc.). Pix of interior of Martin daycare in Abbeville. Fifth child on left from bottom looking at camera is Martin's grandson, Jomo Kenyatta Martin, ca. 5 yr old b July 1974). Date of photograph is ca. 1979.


Annie Mae Peterman graduating Henry County Training School, ca. 1939. In cap and gown, with diploma cover showing school name.


Graduating class of Henry County Training School, 1939 or 1940. Includes Annie Mae Peterman to immediate left of Principal (far right) Felix Blackwood.

Some conservation needed.


Willadean Martin Hall's father, Willie Gene Martin, (with unidentified worker), migrant orange harvesting possibly in Florida. Both dressed in T-shirts and khakis or dungarees. Ca. early 1940s.


Willie Gene Martin, migrant harvester, standing before shed, poss. In orange harvest in Florida. Wearing Homberg hat, t-shirt, khakis. Ca. early 1940s.


L-R Willie Gene Martin (t-shirt, khakis), unidentified woman in dress and hat, unidentified man in fedora, long-sleeved shirt khakis. All picking oranges. Footlocker in foreground. Ca. early 1940s.


May 1961 graduating class, Henry County Training School, Abbeville. Principal W. B. Ward, at upper center. Willadean Martin is fifth from left on front row. By Payne's Studio, Dothan, AL.


Willadean Martin Hall's grandfather, John Henry Peterman. Standing on fence wall before his house, at 134 Girard, Abbeville. Creole cottage style.

He's wearing light clothes, holding poss. straw fedora. Date is prior to 1949.

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