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Rebecca Stiles Taylor
In the early 20th century, women weren’t supposed to be loud or assertive. That was even more true for women of color - but that didn’t stop Savannah teacher, writer, and organizer Rebecca Stiles Taylor. Here's her story, as we focus on Forgotten Women in Savannah history.
It’s tough to assign a label or title to Rebecca Stiles Taylor.
"She had been a very successful teacher and social worker who had been in all of the black neighborhoods of Savannah," says Hugh Golson, a retired history teacher and a cousin of Stiles Taylor. "And she had a statewide and national reach through her work with the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs."
She also founded several such clubs in Savannah, and wrote for the popular national newspaper The Chicago Defender. It’s a lot for one person. Golson traces all that work back to what she learned at Atlanta University.
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