Olivia Queene Brown


Beauty culturist since 1912, ran the Poro Beauty School on 9 Wallace Street which she opened in 1936 or 1937. She was awarded a diploma from National Founder Annie Malone in 1945. On the Executive Committee of the North Jersey Branch of the National Negro Business League. Earlier she ran Excelsior Beauty Schools 45 Murray St. She was treasurer of the Poro Coiffure Guild. She presented at the Modern Beauticians Convention in 1949.


“Poro School Now Offers Hair Styling” New York Age Sept 3, 1949

“New Jersey Business Men Name Delegates to National Business League” New York Age Aug 11, 1928

“Newark, NJ” New York Age Feb 21, 1920

“Annie Malone Poro Head Awards Diplomas” New York Age Oct 13, 1945

Hodges, Graham, “Black New Jersey”

“Graduation Exercises of Poro College” Detroit Tribune Dec 15, 1945

“Ruth’s Poro Coiffure Guild Activies” Huntsville Mirror Jun 6, 1953

“Modern Beauticians Convention” Jersey Journal Apr 8, 1949