Barker, Mary Cornelia, 1879-1963

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Mary Cornelia Barker, educator and labor activist (1879-1963), was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Thomas Nathaniel and Dora (Lovejoy) Barker. She taught school in Stockbridge, McDonough, and Decatur, Georgia (1900-1904), before becoming a teacher and principal in Atlanta Public School System (1921-1944). While with Atlanta Public Schools, Barker was president of Local #89 (1921-1923), and president of the National American Federation of Teachers (1925-1931); a founder of the Southern Summer School for Women Workers in Industry (1927); the first woman appointed to the Georgia State Board for Vocational Education (1927); and was involved in the move for tenure, equal salary schedules for elementary and secondary school teachers, retirement benefits, and the establishment of a teachers' credit union. Barker belonged to several civic, labor, and civil rights organizations and helped to form a union for Atlanta's black teachers.

From the description of Mary Cornelia Baker papers, 1912-1971. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84567574

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associatedWith American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. corporateBody
associatedWith American Federation of Teachers. corporateBody
correspondedWith American Federation of Teachers. Secretary-Treasurer's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Atlanta Board of Education. corporateBody
associatedWith Atlanta Forum Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Atlanta Urban League. corporateBody
associatedWith Atlanta Young Men's Christian Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Barker family. family
associatedWith Barker, Tommie Dora, 1888-1978. person
associatedWith Borders, William Holmes, 1905-1993. person
associatedWith Cohen, John Sanford. person
associatedWith Commission on Interracial Cooperation. corporateBody
associatedWith Dewey, John, 1859-1952. person
associatedWith Dombrowski, James A. (James Anderson), 1897-1983. person
associatedWith George, Walter F. (Walter Franklin), 1878-1957. person
associatedWith Hartsfield, William Berry. person
associatedWith Jacobs, Joseph, 1908- person
associatedWith Jones, Brownie Lee. person
associatedWith League of Women Voters of Georgia. corporateBody
associatedWith Long, Nat G. person
associatedWith McGill, Ralph, 1898-1969. person
associatedWith Settlemayer, John C. (John Carl), 1910- person
associatedWith Smith, Muggsy M. person
associatedWith Southern Summer School for Women Workers in Industry (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Spalding, Jack Johnson, 1856-1938. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Atlanta (Ga.)
United States
African American teachers
Citizens' associations
Civil rights
Credit unions
Labor movement
Teachers' unions
Women in education


Birth 1879

Death 1963-09-15



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