Mrs. Utensie HIllian Honored with Banquet


Mrs. Utensie HIllian Honored with Banquet


Utensie Hillian, Retirement banquet, Zion Baptist Church Day Care Center


Newspaper clipping from the Philadelphia Tribune about a banquet honoring Utensie Hillian in 1975. The banquet was held to honor Hillian's retirement from the Zion Baptist Church Day Care center for 20 years, where she was the principal.


Philadelphia Tribune


Philadelphia Tribune


WCU, HIS 601/ HON 452 Great Migration and Digital Storytelling, 2014


March 1, 1975


William Horstmann, Ahleah Miles


Used by permission of the Philadelphia Tribune Company, Inc. All rights reserved. The Philadelphia Tribune, with 130 years of continuous publication, is the oldest newspaper in the United States serving the African-American community.




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Mrs. Utensie Hillian Honored With Banquet

The seating capacity of the gymnasium of the Zion Baptist Church, Broad and Venango Streets, was taxed last Friday evening when members of the congregation and friends of Mrs. Utensie Hillian gathered for a tesitmonial banquet prior to her retirement after 20 years as Principal of the Church's Day Care Center.

The Center under Mrs. Hillian's leadership has been commended for its work by State and Federal agencies.

Relatives of the guest of honor and her husband, Fletcher Hillian, a member of the Zion Baptist Church's Board of Deacons, came from Southern States to join in the festivities. 

Mrs. Varnell Holloman, a niece of the guest of honor presided.

Among the participants were: Revs. William Glenn and Joseph DeBerry, associate ministers of the Zion Church; the pastor, Dr. Leon H. Sullivan and Mrs. Sullivan; Mrs. Odessa Brown, Miss Charlotta Carter, William Moore, a deacon; City Councilwoman, Ethel Allen; Louis Ashford, chairman of the Church's Board of Deacons; Mrs. Maude Metthews, Mrs. Bernice Spellman, Eustace Gay, Church School Superintendent, Mrs. Annie Davis, and Mrs. Carter, assistant principal.

The guest of honor was showered with gifts which she acknowledged in brief remarks.

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Philadelphia Tribune, “Mrs. Utensie HIllian Honored with Banquet,” Goin' North, accessed March 27, 2023,