Welcome to Women’s History Wednesday! Today we’re sharing some fantastic photos of Dora Mackay, a singer and beauty shop owner in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dora was a member of the first graduating class of the Crescent School of Beauty and Culture in 1940, and in the same year assumed ownership of Berline’s Beauty Shop, one of the few black beauty shops in Des Moines at the time. A cosmetologist by day, Dora was a musician on the side. She sang and played piano for radio stations in the 1940’s, and sang at the club Johnny and Kay’s in the 1970’s.
The third picture here does not actually include Dora, but her sister Virginia Mackay Williams. These amazing photographs are a few of the many gems you can find in the archives!
Guide to the Dora Mackay Papers
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