femmage | 27 jun 1816

27 jun 1816 Maria Monk
Maria Monk (27 jun 1816 – 08 sep 1849 | Canada – Roosevelt Island NY) author, memoirist, religious sister, Canadian folk figure, alleged infanticide / systemic sexual abuse in Catholic convent | women.born.today (c) susan.powers.bourne

femmage | 26 jun 1767

26 jun 1767 Sarah Pierce
Sarah Pierce (26 jun 1767 – 19 jan 1852 | Litchfield CT – Litchfield CT) educator, girls’ school founder, women’s education advocate | women.born.today (c) susan.powers.bourne

femmage | 25 jun 1752

25 jun 1752 Hannah Mather Crocker (2)
Hannah Mather Crocker (25 jun 1752 – 11 jul 1829 | Roxbury MA – Boston MA) essayist, educator, school founder, women’s rights activist, advocate for women Freemasons, Revolutionary War spy, authored first American book on rights of women | women.born.today (c) susan.powers.bourne

Found in South Carolina

Geechees

Island families —
just Gullahs to outsiders,
gather up the sea.

. . . . .

Chez Grace

At her house,
people are poetry.

And the rest —
inside other homes?

Midnight to dawn:
no costumes or masks.

Still, falling stars
land hard in open hearts.

Till all turns quiet —
talked out after flames.

. . . . .

Refining Fires

Prejudice unveiled:
Negro schools and Jim Crow cars,
peonage systems.

Southern press, pulpits:
yesterday’s Pharoahs, lynching
loyalty and light.

Behind their closed doors:
unjust courts contributed,
suppressed darkest truths.

Rescript history:
all slaves emancipated,
freed to live their lives.

. . . . .

Magnolia Leaves

Tales and ballads,
travelling South Carolina:
matrons recollect.

Mothers and daughters,
lifetimes of old customs shared:
sweet-tea diversions.

Afternoon visits,
love’s progress in drawing rooms:
faded rose-bud breath.

. . . . .

Susan Powers Bourne
Found poetry sourced from titles
of Women.Poets.South.Carolina

femmage | 24 jun 1831

24 jun 1831 Rebecca Blaine Harding Davis
Rebecca Blaine Harding Davis (24 jun 1831 – 29 sep 1910 | Washington PA – Mount Kisco NY) author, novelist, journalist | women.born.today (c) susan.powers.bourne

femmage | 23 jun 1826

23 jun 1826 Anne E. McDowell (2)
Anne E. McDowell (23 jun 1826 – 30 sep 1901 | Smyrna DE – Philadelphia PA) editor, journalist, publisher, founded Woman’s Advocate weekly newspaper, founded McDowell Free Library for Women, Wanamaker’s Department Store | women.born.today (c) susan.powers.bourne

femmage | 22 jun 1795

22 jun 1795 Emily Austin Perry (2)
Emily Austin Perry (22 jun 1795 – 15 aug 1851 | Austinville VA – Jones Creek TX) heiress, pioneer, font innovator, religious / educational philanthropist | women.born.today (c) susan.powers.bourne