Unsung Sheroes: 10 Historical Black Women Figures

Suzie King Taylor

Susie King Taylor

An African-American army nurse, Susie King Taylor risked her personal health to provide education for others. Born in Georgia, Taylor earned her education by attending secret schools taught by Black women.

Retreating to St. Simons Island, an area occupied by Union forces in Georgia, she continued her education and established the first of her many schools. Taylor is the only African-American woman to write and publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. She later established another school in Savannah, Ga. to continue providing educational opportunities for freed men.

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