In honor of civil and women’s rights activist Mary Church Terrell | Hello Giggles Mary Church Terrell is a figure in African-American and women’s history worth celebrating. Born in Memphis, Tennessee on September 23rd, 1863, Terrell would go on to be one of the first African American women to attend Oberlin College.

Terrell earned her bachelor’s degree (in Classics) and was one of the first American women to do so.

She would also earn her Master’s degree from Oberlin in 1888. After earning these degrees, she taught at a black secondary school in Washington, D.C., as well as at Wilberforce College, a liberal arts, historically black university located in Ohio.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).