Drusilla Poole moved to Staten Island from Washington D.C. in the late 1910s with her husband Archibald. She worked for many years as a secretary to the William A. Morris Moving Van Line company on Staten Island and rose to prominence in her Shiloh AME Zion Church community. She was a founder and longtime President of the Women’s Civic and Political Union, which was established in 1919 to educate women of color on Staten Island about their voting rights. She held leadership positions in the National Association of Colored Women, Urban League, NAACP, Empire State Federation of Women’s Clubs, Inc., and Helping Hand Society throughout New York State.
Located at 1635 Richmond Avenue near Victory Blvd, Tompkins Department Store was the site of the 4th Annual Fashion Show of the Women's Political Union organized by Drusilla.