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She was the first known person to escape slavery
through Wisconsin’s Underground Railroad network.
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CAROLINE QUARLLS

Mabel Watson Raimey
Mabel Raimey was the first African American woman to graduate from University of Wisconsin-Madison, attend Marquette University Law School, and practice law in Wisconsin.
Law, lawyer, first, Milwaukee, Dane, Madison.

Nellie Wilson
Nellie Wilson spent her life fighting for employment opportunities for women and was the first African American woman to hold a leadership position in her local steelworkers union.
Activism & Social Change, first, Milwaukee, Activist, Labor, African American

Ardie Clark Halyard
Ardie Clark Halyard co-founded the first African American-owned savings and loan association (S&L) and was the first woman president of the Milwaukee NAACP chapter.
Activism & Social Change, Philanthropy, Business, Civil Rights, African American, first, Milwaukee