• Biography of Nathan Washington Harllee 

     

                                1853-1927                                     

     

                                                   N.W. Harllee

     

    Norman Washington Harllee, was born into slavery in North Carolina in 1852, taught himself to read and became an influential civic leader, principal and textbook writer in Dallas. He served as principal of the Dallas Colored High School from 1901-1912. In 1928, Harllee became the first living person to have a Dallas school named in his honor. Harllee’s daughter, Florence Harllee Phelps, was the first black social worker in Dallas, and his granddaughter, Lucy Phelps Patterson in 1973 became the first black woman elected to the Dallas City Council.