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EGAN, LUCY ELLERBE (1906-1988). Lucy Ellerbe Egan was a Shreveport clubwoman, active in civic and cultural life of Shreveport. She was born in Shreveport September 2, 1906, near Lake and Commerce Streets in her grandfather's home, known as "River House." Her grandfather, Albert Harris Leonard, was a steamboat captain. Her father, Clarence Ellerbe, came to Shreveport in 1895 to build the Louisiana Railway and Navigation Company Railroad. He married Cecelia Leonard in 1905. Lucy graduated from Smith College, returned to Shreveport, and married Charles Dubose Egan, a partner in the law firm of Cook, Clark & Egan. The couple had two children.

Lucy Egan was a social activist. She became involved in civic projects beginning with the Children's Service Bureau, originally the Genevieve Orphanage. She joined literary groups, The Twentieth Century Club, The Seminar Club, and the Women's Department Club, of which her mother was a founding member. Her signature cause, however, was the Negro Survey of 1951-52, which was printed as the "Shreveport Story". She died in Shreveport in September 1988.

Bibliography: Interview by Hubert D. Humphreys. Oral History Collection, Northwest Louisiana Archives, Noel Memorial Library, Shreveport: Louisiana State University; Council of Social Agencies. The Shreveport Story. (Shreveport, LA: Council of Social Agencies, 1953).


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