Olivia W. Bush
Olivia Ward Bush-Banks, an African American writer and drama instructor, was born on this day in 1869.
Born in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York, Olivia was the daughter of Eliza Draper and Abraham Ward, both of whom were of African and Montauk descent. Ward’s mother died when was about one year old. She and her father moved to Providence, R.I., where he married again, but he handed young Ward over to her mother's sister, Maria Draper, who reared Olivia as her own child.