On this date in 1825, Sarah Jane Early was born.

Sarah Jane Early was the first African American woman educator to become a college professor – in 1858!

She was a Black teacher, abolitionist, and feminist.

Sarah Jane Woodson Early was born in Chillicothe, OH. Much of her feminist and Black community involvement took place through the African Methodist Church (AME) and a number of Black educational institutions.

In 1856, she earned an L.B. degree from Oberlin College, becoming one of the first Black women to receive a college degree. From 1859 to 1860, while working at Wilberforce University, Early became the first Black woman college faculty member.

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