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HALLIBURTON, Louise Herron
a pacifist since she saw the first draft numbers drawn out of a fish bowl in Washington before WORLD WAR I. Mrs. Halliburton has fasted for peace, picketed for civil rights and against the VIETNAM WAR, leafleted at the Pentagon and consistently befriended Iowa's conscientious objectors. (1)
Her protest of the Vietnam War began in 1966 after the Quaker group whose meetings she had attended moved away. Halliburton and Mimi Vernon moved to WASHINGTON PARK and began a silent vigil that continued for seven years until the war ended. (5) Joined later by others, the demonstrators wore small white signs reading "Silent Vigil for Peace" and stood without speaking or moving from 10:00-11:00 a.m. each Sunday. (6) In 1970 when The New York Times reporters came to Dubuque, Halliburton broke ranks with the other protestors and walked a block away from Washington Park to be interviewed. "We normally don't break the vigil but I said I would for The New York Times." (7) Among other activities in which she participated, Halliburton joined the War Resisters' League and was the only protester to march with conscientious objectors during WORLD WAR II. She was associated with the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (N.A.A.C.P.), American Friends Service Committee, and the Dubuque Quaker meetings. In 1986 she received the annual peace prize from the Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament at its Mother's Day for Peace event. (8)
Halliburton is also remembered as an artist. She studied at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. where she received honorable mention in water color. When a mechanical drafting position in the water transport service opened, she applied and began designing hulls for river steamers. While living in New York City she involved herself in rug and textile design and created original patterns for custom made rugs. She also worked with an Indian rug business copying designs from Indian rugs displayed in the Metropolitan Museum. Halliburton continued her art study while living in Indiana and later at the Norton School of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida and the Pennsylvania Academy of Art in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. (9) By 1951 her work was displayed at Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana; Strait Museum, Lake Worth, Florida; and by the DUBUQUE ART ASSOCIATION. (10) A past officer of the DUBUQUE ART ASSOCIATION, she later had works exhibited at the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE, CLARKE COLLEGE, and the CARNEGIE-STOUT PUBLIC LIBRARY. Her paintings are held in private collections across the United States.
1. McCormick, John, "Even Off Stage, Louise Halliburton Nudges People," Telegraph Herald, February 7, 1982, p. 5
2. "Letter Box," Telegraph-Herald, September 30, 1946, p. 6
3. "The Letter Box," Telegraph-Herald, November 27, 1949, p. 8
4. "Story Published," Telegraph-Herald, March 25, 1964, p. 5
6. "A Peace Vigil Every Sunday," Telegraph-Herald, February 12, 1968, p. 1
7. Shipley, Florence D., When the New York Times Comes to Dubuque," March 15, 1970, p. 7
8. "Mother's Day Peace Event," Telegraph Herald, May 8, 1986, p. 17
9. "Louise Halliburton to Exhibit Watercolors," Telegraph-Herald, November 12, 1961, p. 13
10. "Dubuque Artist's Work Will Be Put on Display," Telegraph-Herald, September 9, 1951, p. 17