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Mon, 09.04.2023

Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades Martin, Educator born.

*Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades Martin was born on this date in 1900. She was a Black teacher and sorority administrator.

Bessie Mae Downey was the youngest of six children raised in Indianapolis, IN. She graduated from Manual Training High School and the City Teachers Normal School. In 1943, Martin earned her bachelor’s degree from Butler University. Martin taught school for over 25 years. She was married twice and was a devoted wife, educator, and engaged founder of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Bessie Martin died in 1947.

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