Eva Rouse

Name: Eva Rouse (Taylor)
Birth Date: April 1870
Birth Place: North Boxyton Ontario, Canada
Death Location: Northbrook Illinois
Burial Place: Sunset Memorial Lawns, Northbrook, Illinois


Founder of Iroquois League, activist, organizer, homemaker.


Following the first Great Migration, the necessity of black female leadership blossomed in Eva Rouse. She founded the Iroquois League as a place for young black female domestics to have a safe place to live while working in Evanston and nearby. Later renamed North Shore Community House, the facility provided Bible classes, instructional clasees and other services. Rouse was also affiliated with Mt. Zion Baptist Church and many of its outreach programs. She was also involved with the Illinois Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs.

Father: William Taylor
Children: None
Education: None known.

Sources: 1920 U.S. Federal Census; Illinois Deaths Index, 1916-1947; The Chicago Defender, April 17, 1920; The Story of the Illinois Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, Elizabeth Doris, 1922 (p. 123-125).