Rosa J. Richardson Fisher (1875 - 1951?)

Rosa Fisher was born in Alabama in 1875 and she completed one year of college. In 1893 she married Charles L. Fisher. Rosa moved to Hartford when her husband was appointed as the new pastor of Union Baptist Church in 1916. During the summer of 1916, 400 members of the church held a reception to welcome the couple and their family. Rev. C.L. Fisher appeared regularly in the press as he urged for unity and uplift among the African American community as well as condemned the violence in the south and discrimination in the north.

Often referred to as “Mrs. C.L. Fisher,” Rosa was socially active in her own right. In 1917 she served on the Colored Women’s Committee for the second liberty loan drive in Hartford, which demonstrated the patriotism of the African American community. She registered to vote in 1920. By 1930, the family had returned to Birmingham, Alabama, and by 1940 Fisher was widowed and living with a daughter in Selma, Alabama. Her daughter, Mildred I. Fisher, worked as a teacher at Atlanta University.

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