Mary Church Terrell dies at the age of 91

July 24

On July 24, 1954 Educator, writer and civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell died at the age of 91.

Terrell was a leading activist in the 1900s. She regularly collaborated with influential black leaders who shared similar causes and missions. In addition to collaborations and activism, Terrell also devoted her time to creating educational and empowering spaces for black people. She founded, co-founded and governed several prestigious black institutions, including the NAACP and the National Association of Colored Women. Before jumping into social service, Terrell received higher education from Oberlin College, earning a Bachelors and Masters degree.


Eye on History: Mary Church Terrell, daughter of slaves, civil rights leader, fought for rights of Blacks

Social Welfare History Project (2012). Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954): Educator, Writer, Civil Rights Activist. Social Welfare History Project. Retrieved from

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