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Beatrice Jeannette Whiting's sewing exercise book, ca. 1915

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute


Beatrice Jeannette Whiting (1890–1966), listed in the 1910 census as “mulatto” and in the 1920 census as “black,” for decades taught home economics at the all-black Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia. She compiled this album of sewing exercises, which shows skills both decorative and practical, around 1915.
Beatrice Jeanette Whiting Papers

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Heather Min