Adapted from the African American Registry
Crystal Bird Fauset, the first African-American woman to be elected to a state house of representatives, was born on June 27, 1894.
Fauset was born in Prince Anne, Maryland, to Benjamin and Portia Bird, but was raised in Boston by her aunt, Lucy Groves. She attended public schools and graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1931. As a social worker for the YWCA in New York and Philadelphia, Fauset was named executive secretary of the Institute of Race Relations at Swarthmore College in 1933.
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