Fredericksville, NJ

Fredericksville native Jessie Redmon Fauset was a African-American editor, poet, essayist, novelist, and educator. She made tremendous contributions to the Harlem Renaissance with her literary works and literary editor for the NAACP’s magazine The Crisis. Fauset was the first African-American graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls and is considered to be the first black woman accepted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Through her role she discovered several famous Black writers, including Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay.

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