1880-90s 1900s

Ida B. Wells

72 years before Rosa Parks changed the South forever, in 1883 Ida Wells also refused to give up her seat when the conductor ordered her to move for a white man from the First Class traincar.

  • She was young once:

    She turned 18 in July 1880, living in Holly Springs, Mississippi

  • Occupation:

    Journalist, Editor, Public speaker

  • Image Credit:

    Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

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photo of Ida Wells and her children