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Thu, 11.14.1901

Cubena McClure, Educator born.

Cubena McClure

*The birth of Cubena McClure is celebrated on this date in 1901. She was a Black teacher and sorority administrator.

Cubena McClure was born in Indianapolis, IN. Graduated from Shortridge High School in 1919 and later began teaching in the IPS at Schools Nos. 24 and 26. She hosted the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s first initiation in her home following the December 1922 incorporation. She also assisted Nannie Mae Gahn in designing the Sorority’s pin. In 1923, she attended Butler College for one term. McClure loved teaching as well. She taught at Indianapolis School Nos. 24 and 26 for three years. She was one of five instructors selected for a special supervisory project at School No. 24 in 1924.

McClure shined in the classroom, and her dedication to her craft paid off. As her teaching career flourished, McClure received a Gregg Scholarship, dedicated to advancing professional training for recipients, from IPS. It was designated for use at Columbia University. However, she would not get the chance as she died a few weeks after an operation for appendicitis on August 24, 1924.

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