Death of Ida B. Wells
On March 25, 1931, Civil Rights leader, journalist, and suffragette Ida B. Wells died at the age of 68.
Ida Bell Wells was born July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, just before President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation. After the Civil War, Wells’ parents were freed and she attended the freedman’s school Shaw University. Then, at the age of 14, both her parents and her 10-month-old brother died of yellow fever. Rather than allow herself and her five siblings to be split up, Wells dropped out of high school and got a job as a teacher in an African-American school. Discovering that she was only making $30 a month while white teachers were paid $80, Wells grew increasingly interested in racial politics and improving African-American education.