Join us as the Ribbon is Cut for the Dorchester Women’s Mural, featuring 12 past and current Dorchester-based women who have made a significant contribution in their field that extends far beyond their community. Several of the subjects of the art work will be on hand for the event.
As identified by the committee, seven women would be recognized and appear on the Dorchester Women’s Mural. These were: Yogananda Pittman, former Acting Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police; Civil Rights activist Gloria Richardson; Admiral Sara A. Joyner, the first female carrier strike fighter squadron leader; Anna Ella Carroll, advisor to President Lincoln; Bea Arthur, actress of stage, screen and television; champion sharpshooter Annie Oakley, and social activist Harriet Tubman.
Five additional women were chosen to be added to the mural: Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, the first woman and first African American mayor of Cambridge (three terms); Dr. Lida Orem Meredith, the first woman doctor in Dorchester County, especially noted for her service to the underprivileged; Fronnie Jones, the matriarch of a legendary 60-year, multi-generational crab picking family at J.M. Clayton’s; Donna Wolf Mother Abbott, the first woman Chief of the Nause Waiwash tribe, and Dakota Abbott Flowers, six-time champion muskrat skinner, and former Miss Outdoors.