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February 20, 2023 40 min

As a child, Susie King Taylor forged passes so her grandmother could go places in Savanna she otherwise couldn’t. As an adult, she penned the only Civil War memoir known to have been written by a Black woman who was actively involved in the military.


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  • Chittenden, Karen and Micah Messenheimer. “Susie King Taylor: An African American Nurse and Teacher in the Civil War.” Library of Congress.
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  • Syed, Camille. “Group wants square renamed after Susie King Taylor.” WTOC. 12/2/2022.
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  • Taylor, Susie King. “Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops Late 1st S. C. Volunteers.” Boston. Published by the author. 1902.
  • Prologue Magazine. “The Freedman's Savings and Trust Company and African American Genealogical Research.” Summer 1997, Vol. 29, No. 2.
  • Boisseau, Tracey Jean. “Travelling with Susie King Taylor.” Thirdspace: A Journal of Feminist Theory and Culture. Volume 7, Issue 2 (Winter 2008).

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