Luvenia C. Miller, RBP


Luvenia C. Miller, RBP, was an American biological photographer. In 1973 she was the first African-American woman to serve on the Board of Governors of the Biological Photographic Association. She was also awarded her fellowship that same year. She was a member of the Washington DC chapter and worked for the Veterans Administration.

She was born September 14, 1909. Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Hampton Institute in 1934, after which she taught for eight years in the North Carolina public school systems.

In 1943, she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). Miller was an experienced photographer and she became the first African-American woman to pass the State Board of Photographers examination, as well as the first African-American woman to serve in the photography department of the WAC.

Miller exited the military as a sergeant. She died September 16, 1997 at age 87 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Luvenia Miller with H. Paul Newman and Lynn Baldwin at a DC chapter meeting at Walter Reed Army Institute for Research.