Lyons, Lillian Taylor, b. 1902
Lillian Taylor Lyons was born and raised in Oxford, North Carolina, in the early twentieth century. Her father was born enslaved in 1850 and accompanied his master with the Confederate army during the Civil war, while her mother was born just on the cusp of the Civil War and, according to Lyons, was not enslaved. Lyons and her siblings all went to the Mary Potter school in Oxford. Following her own graduation in 1919, Lyons attended college and became a school teacher.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.