One of The Savannah Tribune writers from the early 1900’s, Rebecca Stiles Taylor, has been accepted for induction into Georgia Women of Achievement for
2014. She and two other selections will be inducted in March
Rebecca Stiles Taylor was born in Savannah in 1879, the daughter of Henry and Maria Hoag Stiles. She was a life member of Second African Baptist Church, a graduate of Beach Institute and Atlanta University. She attended Hampton Institute and Columbia University.
“We are excited to see a home-town African American woman recognized,” said Hugh Golson, who has been working with Rev.SaundraStilesThomastogethergreat-auntrecognized. “I am so appreciative of Mr. Golson’s work in bringing this information on Auntie Beck to light and preserving the history,” said Ann Stiles Falconer, Rebecca’s niece.
Mrs. Taylor went on to become a columnist for Robert Abbott’s Chicago Defender which makes her a rare African American female national journalist from 1937-1953. Dr. Caryl Cooper of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa has been studying Mrs. Taylor’s career and she has presented papers on Rebecca Stiles Taylor to several seminars. Dr. Cooper wrote the nomination for Rebecca Stiles Taylor to the Georgia Women of Achievement. Dr. Cooper’s work on Taylor has been accepted as an article in the February edition of Journalism History, a most respected scholarly journal.
The photo shown here is from the Georgia Archives of the Toussaint L’Ouverture Branch of the American Red Cross, 1917 of which Taylor founded. She organized and led the Savannah Chapter of the National Association of Colored Women’s Club in 1917. This group funded a Health Department nurse, opened two free clinics and built a protective home for girls and an old folks home.
“It is indeed an honor for me to witness history in the making, Rebecca Stiles Taylor is certainly worthy of honor bestowed upon her by the Georgia Historical Society. She was quite a woman,” says Mrs. Mary Edythe Stiles, niece of Rebecca Stiles Taylor.