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Greene Family Papers

Identifier: HQBCA-024


This digital collection includes primarily photographs relating to LaPercell "Percy" and Gertrude Greene. The Greene family were active in many clubs, such as the Cameo Social Club, the Credjafawn Social Club, the Fezzan Temple Shriners, and more. The Greene's lived at various addresses in the Rondo Neighborhood, and members of the family held positions in agriculture, music, academia, and government. Please note that many of people listed in this collection were identified by LeVera Greene (Daisy), and will have titles such as "aunt" or "uncle."


  • 1890 - 1980

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Some of this collection is restricted. Please contact the archivist for details.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials in this collection is limited to educational and research use only.

Biographical / Historical

The earliest known relation of the Greene family begins with a man named Benjamin F. Embree (b. 1877 - d. 1963), and a woman named Carrie Greene. Carrie gave birth to a son, LaPercell "Percy" L. Greene. Benjamin's daughter, Gertrude Lucille Embree, married Percy (b. 1912 - d. 1974), on October 22, 1938.

Gertrude and Percy lived at 984 Iglehart Avenue in Saint Paul, MN. Percy was the grand master of the St. Paul Masonic temple at Prince Hall Masonry. He also was a soldier in the US Army. Both Gertrude and Percy were members of the Fezzan Temple Holy Shriners, the Credjafawn Social Club, and the Cameo Social Club. Gertrude also briefly served as the secretary-treasurer of the Rondo Farmer-Labor club. Together they had a son, LaPercell B. Greene "Junior" (b. 1939) and a daughter, LaVera Greene (Walker-Daisy) (b. 1947).

LaPercell B. Greene graduated from Central High School in 1957 and was the first Black hockey player for Central High. After highschool graduation, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. There, he played tackle position in football while pursuing his studies. He graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor of arts in psychology. He then went on to Webster college for graduate school, where he then earned a masters degree in business administration. n 1963, Junior married Virginia Ruby Burrell in Denver, CO. Junior also served in the United States Army for 25 years, retiring at the rank of major. He was as employed as a consultant for the Rio Grande Council of Governments agency in El Paso Texas.

LaVera was a member of the St. Paul Opera Workshop and the Schubert Club. She fequently performed in front of various audiences throughout Minnesota with her mezzo-soprano voice. LaVera, like her mother, was also a member of the Order of Eastern Stars. She attened Concordia and Mankato State College.She married Donald Raymond Walker in 1969.


93 Photographic Prints : Various.

4 Leaves

Language of Materials



This digital collection is divided into 3 series, as follows:

Series I. Before 1930

Series II. 1930-1969

Series III. 1970 -2000


Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. "Collection Overview: Greene Family Papers." Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives.

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Greene Family Papers
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Created and described by Kayla T. Jackson, 2022.
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This collection was made possible with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives Repository

270 N. Kent Street
Saint Paul MN 55102 USA