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Nannie Helen Burroughs
Birth: May 2, 1879
Orange
Orange County
Virginia, USA
Death: May 20, 1961
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Nannie Helen Burroughs, was an African-American educator, orator, religious leader, and business woman.

Her parents were John and Jennie Burroughs. They were both ex-slaves. Her father was a farmer and Baptist preacher, her mother was a cook.

Nannie moved to Washington, D.C., as a young woman to take advantage of the city's superior educational opportunities. While living in Washington she decided to open a school for African American girls to prepare them for a productive adult life. She was an active member of her church, where she organized a women's club that conducted evening classes in useful skills such as typewriting, bookkeeping, cooking, and sewing. Her responsibilities within the church increased when she became secretary of the Women's Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention, which supported missionary work and educational societies in Baptist churches throughout the nation.

Burroughs's lifelong dream was realized when she opened the National Training School for Women and Girls in Washington, D.C., in 1909.


In 1975, Mayor Walter E. Washington proclaimed May 10 to be Nannie Helen Burroughs Day in the District of Columbia.



 
 
Burial:
Lincoln Memorial Cemetery
Suitland
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
 
Created by: Andie Parrish
Record added: Dec 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45139307
Nannie Helen Burroughs
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