|Birth: ||Jul. 15, 1865|
|Death: ||Nov. 19, 1968|
Nettie Asberry was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, on July 15, 1865, the only free child of Violet Craig's six children. Her father was William Wallingford, the owner of a plantation on which Violet was a slave. She began studying piano when she was eight years old and later on began composing her own music. A precocious 13 year old, she became interested in women's suffrage after listening to Susan B Anthony in Leavenworth and became secretary for a Susan B. Anthony Club.
She is believed to be the first African American woman in the United States to receive a doctorate degree. Her diploma was lost for a number of years but was discovered after her death. It hung briefly in the African American Museum in Tacoma, but when the museum closed in 2005, items there were auctioned off.
She was the founder of the Tacoma chapter of the NAACP in 1913, the first chapter founded west of the Rockies, and she personally submitted the application to the New York office. When queried she said, "What was our first official act? -- A measure against inter-racial marriage was pushed through the state legislature. We had an underground worker there who let us know and overnight we got together a caravan of several cars of people of several races, whites, colored, Filipinos, and others.
Dr. Nettie Asberry died in 1968 at the age of 103. The following year, Mayor A. L. Rasmussen proclaimed May 11, 1969, as Dr. Nettie Asberry Day in Tacoma.
Henry J. Asberry (1862 - 1939)
Other name on marker is: Henry J. Asberry
Oakwood Hill Cemetery
Created by: Robbyn
Record added: Mar 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13573292
Allah'u'abha Nettie, you are being remembered by your Baha'i Friends today.|
Added: Jun. 14, 2015
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