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Oberlin student body, 1906
Students of Oberlin College in 1906

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Activist Mary Church Terrell Was Born
September 23, 1863

Terrell was one of the first American women of African descent to graduate from college. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio, America's first college to admit women and among the first to admit students of all races. She earned her master's degree from Oberlin in 1888 and began her career as a teacher. After her marriage to Washington lawyer Robert Terrell, she became active in the suffrage movement, speaking out for women's right to vote, particularly on behalf of African-American women.
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