Eva Eliza Jenkins Pinn, 95, public school teacher


Eva Eliza Jenkins Pinn, a public school teacher for 45 years, died Wednesday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her northwest Baltimore apartment. She was 95.

Mrs. Pinn educated thousands of African-American children in the Carroll County and Baltimore County schools when public education was segregated. Her pupils were in first to third grade.

She began teaching in Westminster and later taught at schools in Chase and Dundalk.

"This was her lifelong dream -- to see children advance," said Herbert Jenkins, her son.

The daughter of a farmer and the youngest of eight children, Mrs. Pinn was born and raised in Baltimore County. She loved children and pursued a career in education, completing teacher training at Bowie State College in 1928.

Mrs. Pinn, who later earned a bachelor's degree from Morgan State College, was a member of the Metropolitan United Methodist Church in northwest Baltimore. Her marriage to Aaron Gwynn ended in divorce. Her second marriage, in 1940, was to Albert Pinn, who worked in the mail room at Fort Meade.

Until Mr. Pinn's death in 1990, the couple enjoyed traveling, taking a cross-country train to San Francisco, cruises to the Bahamas and a flight to Hawaii. They also went to dinner theater shows around Maryland and to Broadway shows in New York.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Chatman-Harris Funeral Home, 5240 Reisterstown Road.

Mrs. Pinn is survived by Mr. Jenkins of Baltimore.

Copyright © 2020, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad