Rochester's Roots: Hester Jeffrey

Created: February 22, 2021 11:59 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring the people and places that have paved the way for many in the Rochester area.

Hester Jeffrey fought for women’s rights alongside Susan B. Anthony. As an educated African American woman, she was a strong advocate for equal rights for all. 

Because of the color of her skin, she was not allowed to join any civic clubs promoting women’s rights so, in 1896, Jeffery started her own. She helped found the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs (NACWC). 

Jeffery also gave a eulogy at Susan B. Anthony’s funeral and helped raise the funds for a Frederick Douglass statue in Rochester.

Learn more about Rochester's Roots here.

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