Sadie Tanner Alexander Born Timelines: Catto Postscript

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander is born. Her family were members of the “Old Philadelphia” group of African Americans, who made the city a center for educated blacks since the antebellum era. Sadie is the first black women to earn a doctorate in Law, following a degree in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. She was also a graduate of the M Street School (Dunbar High School). Sadie dedicated her life to civil rights work, including completing a ground-breaking study on the condition of black migrants in the Philadelphia region and serving on presidential commissions on race for Truman and JFK. She married Raymond Pace Alexander who served as a lead attorney in the legal suit to end segregation at Girard College.

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