Quiz Bio: Sarah Mayrant Fossett

Sarah Mayrant Fossett (1826 – 02 Dec 1906), born into slavery, was a leader in Cincinnati’s black community in religious, political, and social roles. As the wife of minister Peter Fossett (Jefferson’s former slave), she founded a church. She also rose funds for the black orphanage, worked as a hair dresser, invented hair products, and participated in the Underground Railroad. After trying to board the streetcar and being dragged for more than a block by the conductor, Sarah sued the streetcar company, won, and managed to desegregate the streetcar for black women. Read more on S. E.’s feature about Sarah.