Liberty County native Susie King Taylor will be added to the Georgia Women of Achievement Hall of Fame, the Liberty County Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCCVB) announced recently.
A free induction ceremony is scheduled for March 7 at Pierce Chapel on the Wesleyan College campus in Macon.
The ceremony will honor Taylor as a trailblazer who made outstanding contributions to the state of Georgia and serves as an inspiration to present day Georgians.
Public historian and Susie King Taylor Women’s Institute and Ecology Center Executive Director Hermina Glass-Hill nominated Susie King Taylor for this honor. She plans to continue to advocate for inclusion of Susie King Taylor in the Georgia social studies curriculum standards.
“Naming Susie Baker King Taylor as a Georgia Woman of Achievement is significant because it provides another level of exposure of her amazing life and her inspiring contributions to the United States of America,” said Glass-Hill.
Taylor was a Liberty County-born escaped slave who evolved into a Civil War freedom fighting nurse and post-war domestic and civic worker in Boston. Her matriculation in a series of underground schools facilitated her destiny as Georgia’s first federally funded teacher.
She is the only woman in American history to have written a memoir of her enrollment and wartime activities inside the first Colored regiment in the US, composed almost entirely of fugitive slave men.
“We are so proud to know that the contributions made by Susie King Taylor to Liberty County and the entire state of Georgia are being recognized at this level. We applaud the efforts of Ms. Glass-Hill in the nomination,” said Leah Poole, CEO of the Liberty Chamber/CVB.
Georgia Women of Achievement is a not-for-profit organization, founded by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, that seeks to honor, uphold, encourage and educate the public about the inspirational and courageous women in Georgian history.
For more information, please visit www.georgiawomen.org.