Katherine Davis Chapman Tillman

1870 – ?

Unlike the rugged “Wild West” characters that Joyce Jefferson often portrays, Katherine Davis Chapman Tillman was a refined lady of letters.

Kate Chapman was born February 19, 1870, in Mound City, Illinois.

She began writing very early in life. As a teenager, Kate Chapman began writing “to the young women of [her] race.” She noted repeatedly that her goal was to write to uplift her race, especially young women.

She wrote in inspirational prose and poetry aimed to teach women ideals of domesticity and affirm women’s equality to men.

Her writings reflected her extensive knowledge of historical literature and the politics of her time.

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