Taylor, Susie King, 1848-1912

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Susie King Taylor (b. Susan Ann Baker, August 6, 1848, Liberty County, GA) was born a slave. As a girl she was allowed live with her in Savannah, GA. She was taught at an illegal school run by a free African-American woman, Mrs. Woodhouse. In April 1862, Susie Baker fled to St. Simons Island, which was occupied at the time by Union forces. Army officers learned of her education and obtained books so she could organize a school becoming the first black teacher for freed African-American students to work in a freely operating freedmen's school in Georgia.

Baker married Edward King, a black officer in the army. In 1866 the Kings returned to Savannah, where she established a school for the freed children. In the 1870s, King traveled to Boston as a domestic servant of a wealthy white family. While there she met Russell L. Taylor and the two married in 1879; she remained in Boston for the rest of her life.

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referencedIn Thomas Wentworth Higginson correspondence Houghton Library
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Boston MA US
Liberty County GA US


Birth 1848-08-06

Death 1912-10-06


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