Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Looking Back to 1916: Fannie Patterson, a Black Woman, Gets Teaching Job

From the March 6, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

Fannie Patterson of Hinckley has been engaged at a good salary to teach a two-room suburban school of colored children in Cairo, Illinois.  When Miss Patterson graduated from Hinckley high school a couple years or so ago she had the distinction of being the first colored graduate in the history of the institution."

Quite an accomplishment for a black woman back then.

I'll Do a Follow Up On Her.  She Had Quite the NIU Connection As Well.  --Cooter

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