Photograph by C.M. Bell. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Addie Waites Hunton

(1866 - 1943)

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, where her father owned an amusement park, Addie Waites Hunton was educated in Boston and Philadelphia and worked as a schoolteacher in Alabama before settling in Brooklyn. During World War I, she was one of three African American women sent to Europe by the YMCA to organize educational and cultural activities for the 200,000 black troops stationed there. Upon returning home she became a field secretary for the NAACP.

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