Earl Green 

Graduation Year: 1940
Induction Year: 2018
First African-American postmaster in Grant County
County Council Member
Accomplished airplane pilot
author of poetry and short stories

Earl Green was the first black postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service anywhere in Grant County.
He started as the first black postal clerk in the county, then the first black manager. He went on to serve as postmaster in Marion, Jonesboro, and Alexandria (in neighboring Madison County), and as the Grant County postmaster. He distinguished himself as a member of the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees and was recognized for outstanding service for the U.S. Postal Service.
Mr. Green held a degree in industrial management, and he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., along with Purdue University, Indiana Vocational Technical College, Indiana University, and Indiana Wesleyan University.
In addition to his service with the U.S. Postal Service, Mr. Green served on the Grant County Council.
He also was an accomplished pilot who ran a pilot training program for young people at the airport that once stood where the General Motors plant now stands.
Mr. Green was also a member of the Writers Guild and wrote short stories and poetry in his free time.
He was also a member of the Marion Easter Pageant Board and was a Rotarian with the Marion Rotary. He was also involved with Big Brothers for many years. He played piano for the male chorus at Bethel AME Church, where he was a lifelong member.
He and his wife, Willa, raised three children, sons Mark and Greg, and daughter Mildred. Mr. Green passed away in 1991 at the age of 70.

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