Josephine Willson, Mrs. Blanche Kelso Bruce

Josephine Beall Willson Bruce, the wife of Senator Blanche Kelso Bruce (1841-1898), who was an African-American senator from Mississippi, was an educator and advocate for black women. Josephine Willson's father was a prominent African-American dentist in Cleveland, Ohio. Miss Willson married Bruce in 1878 and they had one son, Roscoe Conklin Bruce, also an educator. In addition to her key roles in the Colored Women's League, the Federation of Afro-American Women and the National Association of Colored Women, Bruce was principal at Tuskegee Institute from 1899 to 1902, appointed by Booker T. Washington. She frequently lectured and wrote articles on the mission of educated African-American women.

1875 circa 5 years
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