The following is a list of women who were politically active, or possibly politically active, based on their community work. Some of them are national figures who may have worked with women in the Memphis and surrounding areas, and your family may have photographs or letters. Some of them are local women, and we want to know more about them.

  • Teachers employed by Robert Church Jr. to teach African American men on political matters in the 1910s, maybe even the 1920s.
  • Mrs. T. S. Brown, organized a Suffrage Association, October 10, 1919
  • Julia Hooks
  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • Mary Church Terrell
  • Miss Elizabeth C. Carter from New Bedford, Massachusetts, President of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs
  • Virginia Broughton, teacher in Memphis City Schools and at Roger Williams University
  • Bessie Simon, headed the Industrial Settlement Home at 366 South Driver Street
  • Mabel Bickford from Washington of the international board of the Y.W.C.A. She was in Memphis on an appointment to work for young colored girls, coordinating with the Central Civic League.
  • Nannie E. Whiteman of Memphis
  • The Thomas Sisters, “well known social workers and dressmakers”
  • L. E. Brown, married name
  • Emma Wilburn, businesswoman, established New Park Cemetery
  • Sadie Porter, Physician
  • Florence P. Cooper, President of Old Folks Home
  • Alice G. Jenkins, head nurse at Jane Terrell Baptist Hospital
  • Velma Young, nurse at Jane Terrell Hospital, works in Clarksdale, Mississippi