Today In History: Ms.Ida Wells was born a slave in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Ms. Ida Wells

On this day in 1862 Ms. Ida wells was born a slave in Holly Springs, Mississippi, to James and Elizabeth (Warrenton) Wells.

The oldest in a family of four boys and four girls, she acquired from her parents a love of liberty and self-Su~Ciency that characterized her life.

Mr. Wells is one of eleven prominent Tennesseans depicted in the official Tennessee bicentennial portrait and one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of colored people (NAACP).

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