GEORGIANA ROSE SIMPSON

Location: the University of Chicago
Artist: Preston Jackson

Georgiana Rose Simpson (1865-1944) made history as the first African-American woman to graduate with a Ph.D in 1921. Simpson left Washington D.C. in 1907 to pursue a Bachelor's degree at the University of Chicago with the goal of furthering her interests in German language and literature. Despite facing racism and discrimination throughout her academic career, Simpson went on to earn three degrees from the University of Chicago. 

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.