Wordless Wednesday: Mary Jane Patterson
Mary Jane Patterson (d. 1894)
Mary Jane Patterson is very likely the first African American woman to graduate from a U.S. college or University. The photograph above depicts Ms. Patterson in 1862, the year that she graduated from Oberlin College. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she moved to Philadelphia where she work as an assistant to Fanny Jackson Coppin, at the Institute for Colored Youth (later named Cheyney University).
Mary Jane Patterson would go on to become to first African American principal at Washington, D.C.’s Preparatory High School for Colored Youth (later renamed Dunbar High School). To learn more about Patterson’s life, read her profile on African American Registry.
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