Lucille Skaggs Edwards

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Lucille B Skaggs Edwards
Born(1875-07-00)July , 1875
OccupationJournalist, Clerk
Political partyRepublican, then Democrat
Spouse(s)August C. Edwards

Lucille B Skaggs Edwards (born July 1875) was a journalist in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1906, Edwards published, The Women's Aurora, making her the first black woman to publish a magazine in Nebraska. She also worked as a political organizer and was a clerk in the district court.


She was born in July 1875 in Washington, D.C. and married to August C. Edwards in 1897. Before marrying, she worked as an English teacher, probably in Knoxville, Tennessee. She also lived in Alabama and Des Moines, Iowa before settling in Omaha in the early 1900s. They had a number of children: Toni, Gerald, Alie, and Marjorie. August was a dentist and was for a time president of the Negro Medical Society of Nebraska. In June 1926, August and Lucille divorced.[1] Toni lived into her 100s and worked in bio-chemistry, running the chemical lab at the University of California Berkeley and working with Melvin Calvin among others.[2]


In 1906, Edwards published The Women's Aurora,[3] making her the first black woman to publish a magazine in Nebraska. She also worked as a stenographer in the office of the Clerk of the District Court,[4] Frank McGrath.

She continued to write articles for Omaha newspapers, frequently focusing on topics of education and family life. In 1917, Edwards wrote an article for John Albert Williams' Monitor entitled, "Our Women and Children" in which she writes, "Never has there been such a demand for trained men and women."[5]

She was active in Republican politics for the first half of her life[6] and in the Catholic Church. In 1918, Lucille and Lula Lewis started a black Catholic Missionary society which would attract the involvement of Father Francis Cassilly, a professor at Creighton University, and become Saint Benedict the Moor Church[7]

Her party affiliation changed by the 1930s. In 1931, during the administration of Democratic Mayor Richard Lee Metcalfe, she replaced Gertrude Lucas as head of the welfare board among the Omaha Black population[8] and she supported Metcalfe in the 1933 election.[9] In 1934, she served as secretary under president John O. Wood, vice president Charles J. Coleman, and treasurer Minnie Griffin in an organization which sought to organize blacks living in North Omaha to support the democratic party[10] and in 1936 she organized support for the candidacy of Terry Carpenter for US Senator.[11] She was also on the executive board of the women's division of the Douglas county democratic committee.[12]


  1. ^ Doctor Complains Wife Peeped at his Patients. Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska). Tuesday, June 1, 1926. Page: 17
  2. ^ Shashidhara, Meera. Living To Be A Hundred. Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd, 2013
  3. ^ in Shashidhara, Meera. Living To Be A Hundred. Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd, 2013, Edwards' daughter, Toni, remembers her editing this journal in Des Moines and working for a different publisher, but other sources suggest Edwards was also the "printer" or "publisher" and the magazine was based in Omaha
  4. ^ Patterns on the Landscape: Heritage Conservation in North Omaha. Published by Landmarks Heritage Preservation, 1984 page 40-41 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  5. ^ Angus, Jack. Black And Catholic In Omaha: A Case Of Double Jeopardy: The First Fifty Years Of St. Benedict The Moor Parish. iUniverse, 2004, pages 5-6
  6. ^ Republicans Prepare for Active Campaign. Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska). Sunday, October 12, 1930. Page: 13
  7. ^ Saint Benedict's. Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska). Wednesday, July 15, 1931. Page: 16
  8. ^ Miss Gertrude Lucas Named to Court Post. Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska). Wednesday, February 24, 1932. Page: 1
  9. ^ Rallies for Metcalfe. Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska). Thursday, March 16, 1933. Page: 6
  10. ^ Organize on North Side. Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska). Tuesday, November 20, 1934. Page: 27
  11. ^ Carpenter Meeting. Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska). Sunday, November 1, 1936. Page: 6
  12. ^ County Democratic Women Have Election. Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska). Sunday, June 20, 1937. Page: 3