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                                  Potters Field Marie DeFrance

 


Daughter of Mary E. DeFrance                                                                                         (Q-26-05)

Birth: 1876

Death: 1926

Burial: 10/03/1926


"The first African-American woman in Oberlin, presumably to own her own business, DeFrance was one of six children who came to Oberlin in 1883 with their mother Mary Elizabeth DeFrance. She purchased a millinery store in 1896, 'Millinery M. DeFrance,' and operated the business for thirty-five years"
 

Juneteenth 2021 will celebrate the life of Marie D. France an African American Pioneer woman. She came to Oberlin as a child in 1883 and as an adult bought her business. M. De Francee's Millinery shop in 1896 downtown Oberlin. She maintained the buisness  for thirty-five years.