Southern Women and their Loss

Mary Todd Lincoln

Today, in 1865, Mary Todd Lincoln witnessed the murder of her husband, the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. A native Kentuckian from a wealthy slaveholding family, Mary Todd was considered smart, cultured, gregarious, and politically astute as a young woman – and a good catch. While serving as First Lady, she worried … [Read more…]

Our Southern Grandmothers


These are some excerpts from the diary of Frances Naomi Boland Bickley. She was my stepfather’s mother and the only grandparent I ever really had. Here are some of her experiences from growing up in the Midlands area during the Great Depression: “Then Oh my romance broke up – there was a broken heart. Then … [Read more…]

Anniversary of Spelman College

Spelman College Students

Today in Southern women’s history: On April 11, 1881, Spelman College was founded. Originally Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman is the oldest historically black institution for women in the United States. The college was a center for civil rights activity in the 1960s, and radical historian Howard Zinn served as the advisor for the Spelman … [Read more…]