Bean and Prince Contractors Salutes Historic Black Memphian – Ida B. Wells


Ida Barnett Wells (1862-1931) taught in the Memphis City Schools from 1884 to 1891. As editor and part-owner of the Memphis black newspaper Free Speech and Headlight, Ida B. Wells was forced to flee the city in 1892 because of her indignant editorials concerning the lynching of three black men on Mississippi Boulevard. She toured England in 1893-94 where her speeches denouncing lynching led to the formation of the powerful British Anti-Lynching Society. In 1913, Wells continued to lead the fight against racial and sexual discrimination when she founded the first black women’s political club, “The Alpha Suffrage Club,” in Chicago.

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