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Nettie Asberry

1865 - 1968

 
 
Nettie Asberry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 25, 2016
1. Nettie Asberry Marker
Inscription. In 1883 Nettie Asberry earned her doctorate degree in music. She helped establish the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Tacoma in the early 1900's.
 
Location. 47° 16.492′ N, 122° 27.908′ W. Marker is in Tacoma, Washington, in Pierce County. Marker is at the intersection of North 30th Street and McCarver Street, on the right when traveling east on North 30th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2121 North 30th Street, Tacoma WA 98403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fannie C. Paddock (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alice Maude Smith, M.D. (about 400 feet away); Jennie Jones (about 500 feet away); Emma Smith Devoe (about 500 feet away); Ester Allstrum (about 700 feet away); Ten Inch Shell From U.S.S. Maine (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lakewood Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.2 miles away); Military Road (approx. 8.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tacoma.
 
Also see . . .
1. Asberry, Nettie Craig (1865-1968) (HistoryLink.org). ...Nettie Asberry was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, on July 15, 1865, the only free child of Violet Craig's six children.
Nettie Asberry Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 25, 2016
2. Nettie Asberry Marker - Wide View
The marker is mounted in the sidewalk, visible here in the foreground.
Her father was William Wallingford, the owner of a plantation on which Violet was a slave. She began studying piano when she was eight years old and later on began composing her own music. A precocious 13 year old, she became interested in women's suffrage after listening to Susan B Anthony in Leavenworth and became secretary for a Susan B. Anthony Club. (Susan B. Anthony's brother Daniel R. Anthony was editor of the Leavenworth Times and an anti-slavery activist.)...
(Submitted on November 2, 2016.) 

2. African American Women (Washington State Historical Society). ...A stalwart club member, Nettie Asberry cultivated change through theTacoma Cloverleaf Club and as a charter member of the Washington Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. In 1913, when the Washington Legislature attempted to outlaw interracial marriage, Nettie Asberry led protests to kill the bill. It died in committee. As founder of the Tacoma NAACP, Asberry fought racial segregation in public places and at Fort Lewis—at a time when it was dangerous to do so. Thought to be one of the first African American women to earn a doctorate degree (in music), she taught piano to Tacoma’s children for nearly a half century. (Submitted on November 2, 2016.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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