Jeffie Obrea Allen Conner

Born on August 17, 1895, near Waco, Jeffie Obrea Allen Conner graduated from Mary Allen Seminary in 1912 and received her teaching diploma from Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College in 1914. She taught at rural schools in Texas until 1923 when she married George Sherman Conner. Conner worked closely with rural African-American families and placed specific emphasis on improving education. She earned a B.S. in Home Economics from Prairie View and a M.S. from Cornell University in 1944. She became the supervisor of McLennan County schools in 1948 and held that position until 1957. Conner was elected President of the Texas Association of Colored Women’s Club from 1955-1959. She was an active member of the community and intimately involved at New Hope Baptist Church. She died on June 10, 1972, in Waco.

More information about Jeffie Obrea Allen Conner can be found in the George Sherman and Jeffie Obrea Allen Conner papers at The Texas Collection.