GEORGIANA ROSE SIMPSON

Location: the University of Chicago
Artist: Preston Jackson

Georgiana Rose Simpson (1865-1944) was a philologist and the first African-American woman to receive a PhD in the United States. Simpson received her doctoral degree in German from the University of Chicago in 1921. Georgiana overcame substantial racism to win her degrees and as an undergraduate at the University, white students protested her presence in campus housing and she was forced to leave campus for a while.

Her sculpture, by Preston Jackson can be found at the University of Chicago. It took Jackson 4 months to sculpt the bust of Georgiana. He said the project was layered with meaning.