TARRY, ELLEN, 1906-2008.


Author of children’s books; Journalist, educator, social worker, civil rights activist. Born– September 26,1906 in Birmingham. Married. Children– One. Education– attended Alabama State College and Bank Street College Writer’s Laboratory in New York City.  Taught at Slater School, Birmingham; columnist, Birmingham Truth [newspaper]; feature writer for Amsterdam News. Served as deputy assistant to the Regional Administrator for Equal Oportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development. Worked for Friendship House, an interracial justice center in Harlem, and co-founded Friendship House of Chicago.  Died September 23, 2008.


Contemporary Authors, Vol. 73.

Contemporary Authors online.


Picture books for children;

Hezekiah Horton. New York; Viking, 1942.

Janie Belle. Garden City, N.Y.; Garden City Publishing, 1940.

(with Marie Hall Ets). My Dog Rinty.  Viking, 1946; new edition, 1964.

The Runaway Elephant.  Viking, 1950.

Adult books;

Katharine Drexel; Friend of the Neglected. New York; Farrar, Straus, 1958.

Martin de Parres, Saint of the New World. New York; Vision Books, 1963.

The Other Toussaint…. Boston; St. Paul Editions, 1981.

Pierre Toussaint; Apostle of Old New York.  Pauline Books, 1998.

Saint Katherine Drexel; Friend of the Oppressed.  Pawling Books and Media, 2000.

The Third Door; the Autobiography of an American Negro Woman. New York; McKay, 1955; new edition, University of Alabama Press, 1993.

Young Jim; the Early Years of James Weldon Johnson. New York; Dodd, 1967.