Miss Swinney marries.


Pittsburgh Courier, 10 December 1946.

In the 1930 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 602 Viola Street, Samuel Sweny, 53, painter, and children Neoma, 17, Laney, 15, Easter, 13, Gracy, 12, John H., 10, and George P., 7.

In the 1940 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 602 Viola Street, Samuel Swinney, 76, painter, daughters Ester, 22, a tobacco stemmer, and Gracie, 22, superintendent at NYA project, and sons Johnnie R., 18, “in CCC camp,” and George, 17.

Samuel W. Swinney died 24 December 1940 in Wilson. Per his death certificate, he was 59 years old; born in Roberson County to Richard Swinney and Fannie Manning, both of Dillon, South Carolina; and a widower. Grace Swinney of 602 Viola Street was informant.

Gracie Beatrice Swinney married John Wilkerson DuPree on 17 August 1946. Presbyterian minister O.J. Hawkins performed the ceremony, and Charles D. James, Lula Moore Foster and Bedford C. Lucas were witnesses.


Gracie DuPree’s obituary was published in the Washington Post on 15 February 1997:

Gracie Swinney DuPree, 77, a history teacher who retired in 1978 from Wakefield High School, died of cardiac arrest Feb. 12 at Prince George’s Hospital Center. She lived in Landover Hills.

Mrs. DuPree was a native of Roberson County, N.C., and she attended Barber Scotia Junior College in North Carolina. She was a graduate of Shaw University and received a master’s degree in education from Columbia University. She did additional graduate work in education at George Washington University, the University of Virginia and the University of Minnesota.

Before moving to the Washington area in the late 1940s, she taught at a high school in Wilson County, N.C., and at Tuskegee Institute, Fayetteville State Teachers College and Bishop College in Marshall, Tex., where she also was dean of women. She taught history at Morgan State University in Baltimore and was a teacher at Langston Elementary School before becoming a history teacher at Hoffman-Boston High School in Arlington. It later merged with Wakefield.

Mrs. DuPree was a member of clubs at Northeastern Presbyterian Church in Washington, a commissioner of the National Capital Presbytery and a member of Links Inc., the National and Virginia Education associations and the National Council of Social Studies. She was vice president of the Iona Whipper Home board of directors, treasurer of the Shaw University Alumni Association chapter in Washington and a volunteer at the Hospital for Sick Children, Howard University Hospital, Red Cross, Junior Village, D.C. Village and the Merriweather Home.

Her honors included the Henry Tupper Humanitarian Award of the Shaw University Alumni Association and the achievement award of the Women of Turner Memorial AME Church in Washington.

Her husband, John DuPree, died in 1967. There are no immediate survivors.


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