Harriet Gibbs Marshall’s Powerful Impact through Music on Racial Uplift: Treemonisha

By: MacKenzie Fox

Black Women in Racial Uplift

Harriet Marshall was a pioneer of musical success for those in the African-American community. Black women were often overlooked by African-American men when it came to their contributions to help the African-American community improve. Many of them constantly vocalized that specifically African-Americans could not be uplifted without the help of the black woman. Many women exemplified activism through their works of writings, groups, programs, positions, etc. But Harriet Gibbs Marshall was a musician who uplifted her community through musical opportunities.

Paving a Way For the African-American Race

Harriet Gibbs Marshall had outstanding accomplishments as the first African-American pianist to graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory.  After graduating, she founded the “Washington Conservatory of Music” (listed in the left photo) in 1903, located in Maryland. This was a form of racial uplift for the black community. She traveled to promote her new program and ended up with 1,400 students just after starting it. She had many donors providing students in her program with scholarships as well. Her accomplishments were incredibly beneficial due to her helping many in the black community pursue a future in music while some learned and received opportunities for free.

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