Martha V. Webster

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Martha Virginia Webster (1862-1951), an educator and community activist in Louisville. Webster was elected National Grand Princess of the Sisters of the Mysterious Ten, a benevolent society formalized in 1878. After only one year working as the executive secretary of a newly built Phillis Wheatley YWCA, she was fired in 1924 by the white YWCA Board of Directors under protest from the black Committee of Management. Image snipped from page 104 of W.H. Gibson's History of the United Brothers of Friendship and Sisters of the Mysterious Ten (Louisville: Bradley & Gilbert Company, 1897).