Irma Jackson Cayton Wertz (1911-2007)

Irma Cayton Wertz on right, 1942 Image Ownership: Public Domain Irma Jackson Cayton Wertz was a member of the first Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACS) Officer training class commissioned at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, during World War II.  Born in Brunswick, Georgia, on May 8, … Read MoreIrma Jackson Cayton Wertz (1911-2007)

Emma Azalia Hackley (1867-1922)

Emma Azalia Smith Hackley was an African American singer and Denver political activist born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1867.  Her parents, business owners Henry and Corilla Smith, moved to Detroit where she attended Washington Normal School, graduating in 1886.  Smith, a child prodigy learned to … Read MoreEmma Azalia Hackley (1867-1922)