Anna Douglass

Anna Murray Douglass (1813 – 1882) Anna Murray Douglass was an American abolitionist, member of the Underground Railroad, and the first wife of American social reformer and statesman Frederick Douglass, from 1838 to her death. Anna Murray was a laundress and housekeeper. She met Frederick Douglass when he was working as a caulker at the docks of and… Continue reading Anna Douglass

Elizabeth Eckford

Elizabeth Ann Eckford   1941– Elizabeth Ann Eckford is one the first black students to attend classes at formerly all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Will Counts of the Arkansas Democrat took the photo of her that inspired this painting. Eckford only spent one year at Little Rock Central High where she and the other black students were tormented… Continue reading Elizabeth Eckford

Ella Sheppard

𝗘𝗟𝗟𝗔 𝗦𝗛𝗘𝗣𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗗 (1851-1915) Ella Shepard, soprano, pianist and reformer, was the matriarch of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and also a confidante of Frederick Douglass. She was born a slave in 1851 on Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage plantation and was a biracial relation of Jackson’s family. When her father moved to Ohio, a German woman taught her… Continue reading Ella Sheppard

Eartha and Clara White

Eartha Mary Magdalene White (1876-1974) was born near Jacksonville, Florida, the thirteenth child of former slaves. She was soon adopted by Clara and Lafayette White, who were themselves also former slaves. Lafayette, a laborer and wagon driver, died when Eartha was still young. Clara, who worked in a variety of domestic services, provided Eartha with… Continue reading Eartha and Clara White

Diane Nash

Diane Judith Nash 1938 – Diane Nash is an American civil rights activist, and a leader and strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement. Nash’s campaigns were among the most successful of the era. Her efforts included the first successful civil rights campaign to integrate lunch counters , the Freedom Riders, who desegregated interstate travel, co-founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating… Continue reading Diane Nash

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells, 1862 – 1931 Born into slavery, Ida B. Wells devoted nearly 50 years of her life to fearlessly fighting for racial justice, civil rights, and women’s suffrage. In 1884, while working as a teacher in the Shelby County school system in Memphis, Ida was forcibly removed from her seat in the “ladies… Continue reading Ida B. Wells