Jessie Redmon <I>Fauset</I> Harris

Jessie Redmon Fauset Harris

Lawnside, Camden County, New Jersey, USA
Death 6 May 1961 (aged 79)
Burial Collingdale, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Olive Lot 93
Memorial ID 37541885 · View Source
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Jessie Fauset was born in Fredericksville (now Lawnside) New Jersey, the daughter of Anna "Annie" Seamon and Redmon Fauset, a Presbyterian minister. Her mother died when Jessie was a young girl. Her father remarried a white woman named Bella Huff. They had three children, including Arthur Fauset.

Fauset was the only African-American graduate in her class at Philadelphia High School for Girls. She was a class of 1905 graduate of Cornell University and the first African-American woman graduate in Phi Beta Kappa. She served as the literary editor (under W.E.B. DuBois) of The Crisis, the journal of the NAACP, from 1919 to 1926. 58 of her 77 published works first appeared in the journal's pages. She is the author of four novels, There Is Confusion (1924), Plum Bun (1928), The Chinaberry Tree: A Novel of American Life (1931), and Comedy, American Style (1933). She is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta.

Fauset was a teacher for many years before retiring in 1944. She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert Harris. She died of heart failure.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 37541885
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jessie Redmon Fauset Harris (27 Apr 1882–6 May 1961), Find a Grave Memorial no. 37541885, citing Eden Cemetery, Collingdale, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by sid (contributor 47040529) .