Walking in Their Footsteps: ANNIE BELL ROBINSON DEVINE

Annie Bell Robinson Devine

Annie Bell Robinson Devine was a no-nonsense civil rights activist. Born in Canton, Mississippi, Devine was the trailblazer behind the voter registration movement in Canton and Madison County. When she began in 1963, fewer than 100 of the county’s 10,000 Black adults were registered. She was a soft-spoken woman with a ready smile, whose commitment to change ran deep. In 1964, Annie Bell Devine, Fannie Lou Hamer and Victoria Gray Adams became the first black women to speak before the U.S. House of Representatives.

Local actor Georgia Cohran portrays Devine in the upcoming production, “Walking in Their Footsteps,” on Wednesday, March 16, at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Tougaloo College in the Bennie G. Thompson Center Auditorium. A Q&A follows the 10:00 a.m. program. The performance is free of charge. Please share this post and upcoming ones on your timelines. Thank you for your support! #womenshistorymonth #blackhistory#blackhistoryplus #blackhistory365

Walking in Their Footsteps: ELIZA FARISH PILLARS

Eliza Farish Pillars

Eliza Farish Pillars was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She was the first Black registered nurse employed by the Mississippi State Board of Health in 1926. After graduating from the School of Nursing-Hubbard Hospital at Meharry Medical College in Nashville in 1912, Pillars worked at the Jackson Infirmary Charity Hospital, now known as St. Dominic Hospital. She also owned and operated a 12-bed hospital, Mercy Hospital, on Farish Street. In her honor, the former Colored Registered Nurses Club is now named The Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi.

Local actor Georgia Cohran portrays Pillars in the upcoming production, “Walking in Their Footsteps,” on Wednesday, March 16, at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Tougaloo College in the Bennie G. Thompson Center Auditorium. A Q&A follows the 10:00 a.m. program. The performance is free of charge. Please share this post and upcoming ones on your timelines. Thank you for your support! #womenshistorymonth #blackhistory#blackhistoryplus #blackhistory365