Early Black Women at Cornell: Part and Apart, 1890s-1930s Event Online Exhibit uri icon


  • Since the arrival of Jane Eleanor Datcher, the first known black woman to matriculate at Cornell, black women have lived, studied, and cultivated friendships at Cornell while pursuing a premier education. Although they have been an important part of Cornell’s history, various factors have also set them apart. Themes of the exhibit include the experiences of black women as students at Cornell, as well as the stories of racism and anti-racism and the complex road toward inclusion.