Mary Jane Patterson, the first African-American woman to obtain a BA degree

Mary Jane Patterson was born on September 12, 1840, in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Henry Patterson, her father moved his family to Oberlin, Ohio after obtaining his freedom.  He later became a master mason and was instrumental in housing numerous black college students at the Patterson household. Oberlin had a large population of blacks: both free … Continue reading Mary Jane Patterson, the first African-American woman to obtain a BA degree