Celia Dial Saxon
taken from "A True Likeness" Edited by Thomas L. Johnson & Phillip C. Dunn 1986, photo by Richard Samuel Roberts
Mrs. Celia Dial Saxon was born October 1, 1857 and died January 29, 1939.
When she died, Celia Dial Saxon was eulogized as probably South Carolina's best known and most beloved woman
of our race and one of our most outstanding educators. She was born and reared in Columbia, where she attended the
University of South Carolina during Reconstruction and spent fifty-seven years serving in the city's public schools. Mrs. Saxon
served as treasurer of the Palmetto State Teacher's Association and was active in the Federation of Negro Women. She was
also one of the founders of the Fairworld Industrial School for delinguent Negro Girls and the Wilkinson Orphanage of Negro
During her lifetime a school was named for her. After her death Saxon Homes, a city housing project, was also named
in her honor.
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