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Maria Fearing

Maria Fearing (1838-1937) was born enslaved in Sumter County and went on to become an educator in Calhoun and Talladega counties. At the age of 56, she became a Presbyterian missionary in the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) during one of its most turbulent and brutal periods. She served as a missionary until she was 78.
Courtesy of the Alabama Department of Archives and History