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Ethel Mae Caution (aka Ethel Caution-Davis) (1880 – 1981) was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her parents died when she was very young, and she took her adoptive mother’s name of Davis. She was raised in Boston, attended Girl’s Latin School, and graduated from Wellesley College in 1912, the fourth black woman to do so. After teaching jobs in North Carolina and Kansas, she became Dean of Women at Talladega College in Alabama. She later moved to New York City, where she was a public assistance employee and director of a residence club for single women. Never married, Ethel died in New York City at age 101.

African-American Classics:
Graphic Classics Volume 22

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