Eva Boone, dedicated and gone too soon!
Eva Roberta Coles Boone was born on this date in 1880. She was an African-American teacher and missionary.
Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, she graduated from Hartshorn Memorial College (later Virginia Union University) in 1899. Coles taught in her hometown for a while before marrying Clinton C. Boone in 1901. That same year they traveled to Africa with the American Baptist Missionary Union (ABMU).
In the motherland, Boone took charge of the kindergarten class in the mission day school. She also organized a sewing group among 40 African women. Boone worked in the mission hospital as well, yet after several weeks she got sick from a poisonous bite. Eva Boone died on Dec. 8, 1902, at the age of 21.
The Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage
by Susan Altman
Copyright 1997, Facts on File, Inc. New York