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Susan Elizabeth Frazier

(1864–1924) Susan was a thought leader on the issues of women's and African Americans rights and capacity. She was an active and accomplished substitute teacher in New York City Public Schools at a time when such opportunities for African American women were very limited.

In addition to her teaching career as the first Black teacher in an integrated public school in New York, Susan did much to support other Black women. She was active in the Women's Loyal Union of New York City, a Black women's organization, as the Recording Secretary.

Susan was a contributor to Woman's Era, the first newspaper aimed at African-American women. She wrote an 1894 profile called "Mrs. William E. Matthews," about the then-president of the Women's Loyal Union, Victoria Earle Matthews for the paper. Susan also addressed the Brooklyn Literary Union in an 1892 talk where she discussed the importance of Black women's contributions to literature and poetry in the United States, including Phillis Wheatley, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and H. Cordelia Ray. The talk was later published as "Some Afro-American Women of Mark" in the AME Church Review.


Rhinebeck Cemetery

16 Mill Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Dutchess County

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