ACH036: Mother Beasley was a free Black woman who married into wealth and then gave it all away as a widow in order to found one of the first Catholic religious orders for Black women in the US. Tom and Noëlle Crowe tell the story of this courageous woman who also defied the law to educate enslaved children and spent her life serving others.
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Links for this episode:
- Great African-American Catholics: Remembering Mother Mathilda Beasley, “the idol of the poor”
- A Nun and a Writer: Catholic Savannah Women Honored | Father Pablo
- “The Life of Mathilda Beasley,” The Savannah Biographies, 2011
- Mother Mathilda Beasley – Georgia Historical Society
- Mathilda Taylor Beasley | georgiawomen.org | Georgia Women Achievement
- What Would Mother Mathilda Do? | Connect Savannah
- Mother Mathilda Beasley (1832-1903)