Barbara Jo Walker

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Barbara Jo Walker
Born March 12, 1926
Died June 7, 2000
Other names Barbara Jo Walker Hummel
Alma mater University of Memphis
Title Miss America 1947
Predecessor Marilyn Buferd
Successor BeBe Shopp

Barbara Jo Walker Hummel (March 12, 1926 – June 7, 2000) was Miss America in 1947.

She was the last Miss America to be crowned in her bathing suit; all since 1947 have been crowned in their evening gowns. Walker, was Miss Memphis, the last city representative to win the crown. She died in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 7, 2000.[1]

She attended the University of Memphis and is an alumna of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She is also the mother of the late Andy Hummel of the legendary Memphis-based power pop band Big Star.


  1. ^ "Miss America History 1947". Archived from the original on 2006-12-21. Retrieved 2006-12-30. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marilyn Buferd
Miss America
Succeeded by
BeBe Shopp
Preceded by
Miss Memphis
Succeeded by
Lois Welch