Fannie Jackson Becomes ICY Principal Timelines: The Catto Years

Fannie Jackson replaces Bassett as ICY principal and begins a 37-year distinguished career. She is the first black women to be named a school principal in the U.S. In granting her the principal appointment, ICY Board of Managers noted her holding a college degree, which Catto did not have. Catto becomes head of the ICY boy’s division and Richard Greener, the first African American to graduate Harvard with a college degree, is named assistant principal of the boy’s division, when Catto goes on leave to work in DC on curriculum for newly formed black schools. Greener became head of the boy’s division after Catto’s assassination. He later was appointed dean of Howard Law School.