Lula Graham was born in Georgia about 1900. She moved to Hartford by 1920 with her husband, Doc Graham, who worked as a baker and janitor. Lula’s jobs included working as a tobacco sorter and in domestic service for private homes.
In addition to her political activity, Graham was very interested in promoting health and hygiene. She was involved with the Hartford Tuberculosis and Public Health Society and served as a member of the Hartford Health Guild. In 1940, Graham was among the first class of graduates trained in home hygiene and care of the sick in her community.