Jessie Menifield Rattley

Jessie Menifield Rattley (HM1EKM)

Location: Newport News, VA 23607
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 59.048', W 76° 25.371'

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Educator, politician, and Civil Rights pioneer, Jessie Menifield Rattley (1929-2001) was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Hampton University in 1951. Rattley founded the Peninsula Business College here in 1952. She was the first black woman elected to the Newport News City Council and served from 1970 until 1990. In 1986 she became the city's first black and female mayor. Rattley was the first black president of the Virginia Municipal League (1978-1979) and in 1979 was elected the first black woman president of the National League of Cities. Rattley also served on a number of commissions, delegations, and taskforces for the U.S. government and other organizations.
Marker NumberW-78
Year Placed2004
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 11:09pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 373370 N 4094058
Decimal Degrees36.98413333, -76.42285000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 59.048', W 76° 25.371'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 59' 2.88" N, 76° 25' 22.26" W
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Area Code(s)804, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2901 Jefferson Ave, Newport News VA 23607, US
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