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Wordless Wednesday: Smith College Pioneer, Otelia Cromwell

June 22nd, 2011 by Ajuan Mance


The photo depicts Otelia Cromwell (second from the left) and other members of the Smith College class of 1900. Upon graduating, Cromwell became the first African American woman to earn a bachelor’s degree from this institution. She would go on to earn a master’s degree from Columbia University (1910) and a Ph.D. in English from Yale (1926). Each fall Smith College holds it’s Otelia Cromwell celebration in honor of her pioneering role.

(Photo source: Nodame on Flickr)

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2 Responses

  1. Villager

    Glad to have you back as an active blogger! Thanx for sharing this photo and this history as well. Don’t see many folks with Otelia as a first name!

  2. Ajuan Mance


    Thanks! It’s good to be back. I’ve missed the blogging community quite a bit these last months.

    Black on Campus

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