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Ida B. Wells
Date Issued: 1990-02-01
Postage Value: 25 cents

Commemorative issue
Black Heritage
Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells once sat in a seat marked "white only" on a train and the ensuing lawsuit caused her to be dismissed as a schoolteacher in Memphis. The suit went to the state supreme court, and Wells lost. Part owner of Free Speech, a Memphis newspaper, she used the paper to address the lynching of blacks after three of her friends had been hanged. The following year her office was ransacked. Moving to New York, she became a writer for New York Age. She also lectured broadly and organized societies against lynching. Marrying and settling in Chicago in 1895, she also began to address women's suffrage. In 1909 she helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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