Elizabeth Jennings Graham

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Did you know? School teacher and church organist, Elizabeth Jennings Graham (abt. 1830-1901) won a lawsuit against New York’s Third Avenue Railway Company for ejecting her from a streetcar in 1854 because she was African American. There is a street sign named in her honor in New York City. To learn more about Elizabeth Jennings Graham click here

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7 thoughts on “Elizabeth Jennings Graham

  1. Great post! There were many great women Webb before Rosa Parks who sought to integrate public transportation. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great post. Rosa Parks is often highlighted. But she was not the first to integrate to work towards desegregation of transportation. Did you know that Elizabeth’s father invented a dry cleaning process that made him quite wealthy. His name was Thomas Jennings. For more info about him:
    https://blackmail4u.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/thomas-jennings-1st-african-american-to-receive-a-u-s-patent/

    • taysway

      I’ve heard about her parents being prominent people in in NYC. I plan to visit his headstone which I think is in Queens.

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