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Harper Lee

Harper Lee was an American novelist best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. The book has become a classic of modern American literature. Lee was born Nelle Harper Lee in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama to Amasa Coleman Lee and Francis Cunningham “Finch” Lee. Finch Lee was a lawyer, and while Lee …

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Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer was an American voting rights activist, civil rights leader, and philanthropist. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi’s Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and served as vice-chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Hamer was born in 1917 in Montgomery County, Mississippi. Two years later, her family moved to …

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Bridget “Biddy” Mason

Bridget “Biddy” Mason was an African-American nurse, real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist. She was able to support her extended family for generations due to her financial success. Mason was born into slavery in 1818 in Mississippi. She was named Bridget and given no last name. Mason was owned by slaveholders in Georgia and South Carolina …

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Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (also known as “Eliza” or “Betsey”.) has been called one of the ‘Founding Philanthropists’ for being the co-founder and deputy director of the first orphanage in New York City. She was the wife of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was born in 1757 in Albany, New York to Philip Schuyler, an American …