Partner Amaza Lee Meredith, buried together
Columbia University, 116th St & Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Azurest South, 2900 Boisseau St, Petersburg, VA 23806, Stati Uniti Eastview Cemetery, 319 S Crater Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803, Stati Uniti
Edna Meade Colson (October 7, 1888–January 17, 1985) was known for her contributions to improving access to education to Virginian African Americans.
Edna Meade Colson was born October 7, 1888 in Petersburg City, Virginia. She was the oldest of five children of prominent educators, James Major Colson and Kate Deaver Hill Colson.
She received her B.A. from Fisk University in 1915 and received a Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1940.
AAfter overcoming her own obstacles to higher education, she became a champion of making graduate education available to African Americans. In 1937 Colson chaired the committee to implement the program offering graduate courses to African Americans at the Virginia State College for Negroes.
Colson was also politically active beyond education. She was among the first women to register to vote after the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and she was the first African American woman to become a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Colson lived with her partner Amaza Lee Meredith. They occupied the house in Chesterfield County, Virginia named Azurest South, which was designed by Meredith.
CColson retired from Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute in 1953. She died at the age of 96 in a Colonial Heights nursing home on January 17, 1985 and was laid to rest at Eastview Cemetery, Petersburg City, Virginia alongside Meredith.