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Ida Fairbush

She was born in Buffalo, NY. She is accomplished in the area of Education.
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Ms. Ida Fairbush was the first black teacher appointed to work in the Buffalo Public Schools. According to a history of the African American community, written by Rev. J. Edward Nash, for the August, 1940 edition of the Buffalo Star, a deal was made by the Colored Democratic Club and the Colored Republican League to support Henry P. Emerson for School Superintendent if he appointed a colored teacher. Emerson became the Superintendent of Buffalo Schools in 1893 and Ms. Fairbush was appointed sometime afterward and apparently, according to Rev. Nash, was one of the oldest teachers in the city.

We encourage anyone who has more information about the life of Mrs. Fairbush to submit a biography of her to the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc.