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Green plaid full-length and long sleeve "wrapper" dress with buttons from the 1870s. Lace trim on cuffs and collar.
Dr. Myrtle Catherine Henry (1904-2005) was raised in the community of Good Hope in the Anacostia neighborhood. She graduated from Dunbar Highschool in 1921, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1925 from Howard University. She went on to complete her PhD in English at the University of Pennsylvania in 1935, and came back to Washington to teach in the English department at Howard university, which she did for two decades, until 1949.
After Howard, Dr. Henry continued to serve as a mentor for students. She and her mother worked in the administration at Croome Settlement School in Croome, Maryland, a boarding school for African American girls who had family issues or had been involved in delinquent behavior. The women used their home in Washington DC as a half-way house for young ladies who had progressed through Croome and attended college at Howard or were ready to begin work.
Dr. Henry also started a publication which identified published works by and about black people with her friend Beatrice Campbell, The annotated bibliography was ordered in libraries around the country.
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