A picture of the 'teachers' at the Emerson Institute (Mobile) is one of the images in the Amistad Research Center's online digital collections. The mixed group picture is very clear with names of the teachers scribbled on the back/side.
Out of the 16 names, I picked one to do a genealogical profile - Lorna Peters (black). The date on the picture was between 1922-1923, so I started with the 1920 census.
1920's [near date on picture]
A Lorna was found in Mobile (Ward 6) in 1920, living with her 'mother', Janie Peters, a widow.
1920 United States Federal Census > Alabama > Mobile > Mobile Ward 6 > District 107
Peters, Janie Hd O F B 56 Wd AL(3)
, Eliot son 36 S " Insurance agent-Ins. office
, Lorna dau 31 S " Teacher high school
This appears to be the right Lorna.
1930 Census [Mobile]
Lorna was now married. Her mother is still with her, as well as other family members.
Patton, Lorna, O Hd O F Neg 39 Wd 34 AL MS AL
, Annie D. step-dau 27 S AL(2) GA
Peters, Eliot S. Brother 47 S AL MS AL
, Janie M. mother 68 Wd 16 AL US AL
Lorna and her brother were living with their widowed mother on Savannah St. in Mobile.
Peters, Janie E. Hd F mu 40 Wd 5-2 AL MD MD none
, Elliot S. son M Mu 27 S AL MS AL book keeper - Ins. Co.
, Lorna O. dau F Mu 21 S AL MS AL none
Janie was still living on Savannah St. in Mobile. This time, we find another daughter and a sister-in-law in the household.
Peters, Janie Hd B F Sept 1860 39 Wd 4-3 AL(3)
, Elliot son aug 1879 20 S AL MS AL See Aid Society
, Hattie dau dec 1877 22 S " " " Organist [---]
, Lorna dau B F Jan 1886 14 S AL " " at school
, Hattie J. sister-in-law sept 1850 49 S MS
Time to go to 1880 and find Lorna's father. Two children were born prior to 1880.
Found Moses and Mary J. (Janie?) with oldest child and sister.
Bonus: Two teenage siblings also living in the household. Great opportunity to extend the paternal line, or do some collateral research.
6th Ward, Mobile, AL
Peters, Moses B M 29 house carpenter AL
, Mary J. Mu F 25 wife keeps house AL
, Hattie E. mu F [1 mo.] b. May dau at home AL
, Hattie J. Mu F 28 sister at home AL
Farve?, Valme Mu M 17 brother railroad hand AL
Farve?, Ella S. Mu F 13 sister at school AL
Next Stop -- 1870 Census