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Lynch, Edith Gerselda



Edith Gerselda Lynch (1919-1991) was a Wilmington resident and student at the historically African American Howard High School (now Howard High School of Technology). She lived at 418 Lombard Street and her parents were John H. and Gerselda H. Lynch (née Baxter). At Howard High School, where Alice Dunbar-Nelson had taught, Lynch was evidently taught by Dunbar-Nelson’s niece Pauline A. Young. She also lived under the names Edith Gerselda Foster, Edith Lynch Delaney, and finally Edith G. Walker. She seems to have spent her final years in Cheyney, Pennsylvania.

Biographical information derived from collection. Ancestry Library, 2018, accessed April 11, 2018, ”The Morning News from Wilmington, Delaware: Page 20.”, 2018 (first published September 15, 1987), accessed April 11, 2018,

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Edith Gerselda Lynch autograph book

Identifier: MSS 0093-Item 0172

This item is a 1935 autograph book that belonged to Edith Gerselda Lynch, a student in the class of 1937 at Howard High School in Wilmington, Delaware. The book contains signatures and messages from Lynch's friends, acquaintances, and family, including a signature from Howard High School teacher and librarian Pauline A. Young. The pages provide a glimpse of student life at a Delaware-based African American high school prior to desegregation.

Dates: 1935