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Monongahela in Washington County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Jackie Ormes

(1911-1985)

 
 
Jackie Ormes Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, October 2, 2016
1. Jackie Ormes Marker
Inscription.  The first black woman to be a nationally syndicated cartoonist in the US, and for many years, the only one. Beginning in 1937, her comics were published in African American newspapers, the Pittsburgh Courier and Chicago Defender. Her Torchy Brown and Patty-Jo and Ginger characters were well-educated and fashionably dressed. They helped break down racial and gender stereotypes common in popular culture of the time. Ormes grew up in Monongahela.
 
Erected 2016 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEntertainmentWomen. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
 
Location. 40° 12.297′ N, 79° 55.875′ W. Marker is in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 88) and 7th Street. Located in Chess Park in Monongahela at the gazebo. Touch for map
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. Marker is in this post office area: Monongahela PA 15063, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monongahela (here, next to this marker); John Pietroboni (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Company A, 110th Infantry Honor Roll (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Honor Roll Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Company A, 110th Infantry Regiment Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Roll of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monongahela.
 
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on Sunday, October 2, 2016
 
Also see . . .  Jackie Ormes. The First African American Woman Cartoonist (Submitted on October 2, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Jackie Ormes Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, October 2, 2016
2. Jackie Ormes Marker
Immediately after its unveiling (l to r)
Ken Turner, PHMC; Robyn Young, Pennsylvania Women's History Project; Susan Bowers, Monongahela Area Historical Society; unknown, relative of Ms Ormes previous employer
Jackie Ormes image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown
3. Jackie Ormes
At her desk
Jackie Ormes Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, October 2, 2016
4. Jackie Ormes Marker
marker is on the right of the photo
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 508 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 2, 2016, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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