Susie King Taylor

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Birthday
6, 1848
Birthplace
Georgia
Death Date
Oct 6, 1912 (64)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
6, 1848
Birthplace
Georgia
Death Date
Oct 6, 1912 (64)

About

African-American author, teacher, and Union Army nurse. She published her memoir -- Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers -- in 1902.

Before Fame

At the age of thirteen, she escaped to Union-occupied St. Simons Island, Georgia, where she subsequently set up a school for formerly enslaved children.

Trivia

Shortly after the conclusion of the American Civil War, she worked in Boston, Massachusetts as a domestic servant.

Family Life

She was born into slavery in Liberty County, Georgia. Her first marriage was to 33rd U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment officer Edward King; after King's death, she married Russell L. Taylor.

Associated With

She and Phillis Wheatley were both freed slaves-turned-authors.