#HaveYouHerd: Today’s #FridayFocus is on Ida P. Hagan, Indiana’s first African American postmistress in 1904. Hagan lived in a free black settlement called Pinkston Freedom in Dubois County when Dr. Alois G. Wollenmann, Town of Ferdinand Postmaster, appointed her as his assistant in the post office.

While working for Dr. Wollenmann, Hagan also worked in his pharmacy and obtained her pharmacy license in January 1909. As she worked with Dr. Wollenmann, she learned German, converted to Catholicism, and attended Winona Technical Institute of Indiana to become Indiana’s first documented African American female pharmacist. Throughout her career, she was faced with opposition from the residents of Ferdinand, yet she was able to persevere and become the town’s first postmistress and pharmacist.  To read more about Ida P. Hagan’s story, click here: https://bit.ly/2IxZCoQ