Posted on 02/19/2008

Photo taken on February 18, 1952

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Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell

Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell
Born in 1922 in Edgefield, South Carolina, in a large middle-class family, DeVore moved to New York in 1938, did some modeling, and later attended New York University, where she majored in mathematics. In 1946 she launched the Grace Del Marco Agency, one of the first modeling agencies and charm schools to book African Americans. The agency counts alumni such as Diahann Carroll, Cecily Tyson, Gil Noble, Camille Cosby, and Richard Roundtree, among others.

Ms. Devore-Mitchell passed away from complications of a stroke on February 28, 2014. She was 92 years old.

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