Vanilla Beane celebrates 100!

Jeni Hansen has graciously allowed me to share plans for the observation of the 100th birthday of her grandmother, celebrated milliner Vanilla Powell Beane, who was born in Wilson County on 13 September 1919.

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Find more on Vanilla Beane here:

  • Articles

The Washington Post, Celebrating 3 sisters’ lives and longevity, Avis Thomas-Lester, 5 November  2011

The Washington Post, C​elebrated D.C. Milliner Marks 90th Birthday With Friends, Hats, Hamil R. Harris, 20 September 2009

Afro-American Newspapers, ​D.C. Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday with Sisters, 97, and 93, Avis Thomas-Lester and Teria Rogers, 14 November 2012

Associated Press,​Dr. Height’s Hat Immortalized in Metal, Sarah Karush and Teneille Gibson, 15 June 2010

  • Videos

Hat Academy: “​Bene Millinery​
Museum of Fine Arts: ​Dorothy Height’s Hats 360

Press contact:

Jeni Hansen
jeni@jenihansen.com​

8 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. My cousin Iola Johnson is a client & often speaks of Mrs. Beane.

    On Sat, Aug 17, 2019 at 3:40 PM Black Wide-Awake wrote:

    > Lisa Y. Henderson posted: “Jeni Hansen has graciously allowed me to share > plans for the observation of the 100th birthday of her grandmother, > celebrated milliner Vanilla Powell Beane, who was born in Wilson County on > 13 September 1919. ” >

  2. Mrs. Beane is a relative of mine! I used to see her at the Powell family reunions. I haven’t been to one in a long time, so it is nice to see her doing so well.

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