The Women of Tuskegee University By: Tayler Salter April 31, 2012 Tuskegee University Archives Fannie N. Smith Wife of Booker T. Washington •Born in 1858 in Malden, West Virginia •She was a graduate of Hampton Institute • She was the first wife of Booker T. Washington, they were married in 1882 •During her marriage to Booker T. Washington one child was born by the name of Portia Washington •She passed away May 4, 1882, only two years after she married Washington. Olivia Davidson Washington Wife of Booker T. Washington •Olivia Davidson was the daughter of a ex-slave father and a freeborn mother •She was the 7th of 10 children •Davidson began teaching at the age of 16 in Ohio •When she turned 18 she moved to Mississippi to teach the recently freed African American population •She believed that African American girls were the “hope of the race” •After teaching she enrolled herself in Hampton Normal A&I in 1878 •While at her commencement she met Booker T. Washington, he was one of the speakers at the graduation. •Davidson and Washington were married in August of 1886 •During their marriage they had two children, Booker Jr. and Ernest •At Tuskegee she served as a teacher curriculum specialist , principal, and fund- raiser •She passed away on May 9, 1889 Margaret Murray Washington Wife of Booker T. Washington •Margaret Murray Washington was born March 9, 1865; she was one of ten children •Margaret Murray was of Irish and African American descent •She was a graduate of Fisk University class of 1889 •Soon after her tenure at Fisk she was given the opportunity to become “Lady Principal” at Tuskegee Institute •While serving as “Lady Principal” she met Booker T. Washington and they were married in 1892 •Murray was responsible for writing many of Washington’s speeches ass well as accompanying him on tours •She served on Tuskegee’s executive board and became dean of women •In February of 1892 she began a program that provided child care, education and training in literacy, home care, and hygiene called “mother’s meetings” •In 1896 she was elected president of the National Federation of Afro American Women, she then helped merge the NFAW with the Colored Women’s League to form the National Association of Colored Women •Margaret Murray Washington died June 4, 1925 her death was grieved across the nation, she was remembered as one who instilled hope in African American Women. Elizabeth Hunt Harris Wife of Robert Russa Moton •Elizabaeth Hunt Harris was married to Robert Russa Moton in 1905. •Sadly only a year after she was married she passed away in 1906 Picture Not Available Jennie Dee Booth Wife of Robert Russa Moton •Jennie Dee Booth was born February 26, 1880 in Gloucester County, VA. •In 1908 she wed Robert Russa Moton •She became the director for Department of Women’s Industries in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. She served from 19241935 •She was a field officer for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration •She was very active in women’s rights, from the years of 1937-1941 she was the president of the National Association of Colored Women •Jennie Dee Booth had five children in her lifetime: Catherine Elizabeth, Charlotte Ellen, Robert Russa Jr. Allen Washington, and Jennie Dee. Catherine Elizabeth Moton Wife of Frederick D. Patterson •Catherine Elizabeth Moton was born in 1909. •She was the daughter of the second president of Tuskegee Institute Robert Russa Moton; they were married on June 12, 1935 in Capahosic, Virginia Vera Chandler Foster Wife of Luther H. Foster •Vera Chandler Foster was born in Indianola, Mississippi •She is a graduate of Fisk University, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa •Vera Chandler Foster was very involved with social welfare, she served on the national boards of the YWCA, Common Cause and Planned Parenthood •While her husband served as the president of Tuskegee University Vera worked at the VA hospital in Tuskegee • She served as a field instructor in social work at Atlanta University, Florida State University, University of Michigan, and the University of Alabama. Thelma Plane Wife of Benjamin Payton •Thelma Plane Payton is a native of Evanston Illinois. •She received her undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University. •Upon completion of her undergraduate degree she received her masters degree in psychiatric social work from Columbia University. Patricia Saul Wife of Gilbert L. Rochon •Patricia Saul Rochon is a very accomplished woman, she serves as the clinical assistant professor of digital media at Purdue University. •Patricia Saul is a devout member of the Catholic Church. •Saul is a graduate of Xavier University located in New Orleans, Louisiana. •She received her master’s degree from Yale University •She is also the the executive producer of Fast Track & Fast Track Te Informa •She has a deep love of the arts and hopes to bring a fine arts programs to Tuskegee University. •Patricia Saul and Gilbert Rochon have two children: Hildred Sarah Rochon and Emile Saul Rochon References 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Espiritu, A. 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