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Husband and wife duo led the way for change

by The 100 Companies

In 1891, the Terrells were among the first Black families to move into LeDroit Park, an all-white suburb.

Mary Terrell (1863-1954) fought for gender and racial equality. She led the fight to integrate eateries in the city, persuaded the National Association of University Women to admit black members and was the first Black woman in America appointed to a school board.

Robert Terrell (1857-1925) attended Harvard College and Howard University Law School. He taught and was appointed justice of the peace by President Roosevelt. In 1902 he became the first African American appointed to the municipal court.

Together, they embodied change.

– Rebecca Hastings, The Washington DC 100

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