Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fanny Patterson: A Black Pathfinder-- Part 2

I had never heard of this woman so looked her up on the internet.

From the NIU Black Alumni Council "Fanny Patterson Scholarship Award.

Miss Fanny Patterson was born August 14, 1892 and graduated from Hinckley High School and, at the age of 21, entered NI State Normal School (former name of NIU back then) and took classes in arithmetic, reading, grammar, methods, and a state course.

Upon graduation in 1915, she was noted by then NIU President John Watson Cook as "an excellent girl, having good looks, good taste, extreme modesty of demeanor and a good mind."

She then went downstate and taught four years before dying of pulmonary tuberculosis on Feb. 17, 1920 at the young age of 28.

She was a brave, unique, an innovator at NIU.

Quite an Accomplished Woman.

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