Adella Hunt-Logan

Adella Hunt-Logan

Adella Hunt, the daughter of a black woman, was born in Sparta, Georgia, in February, 1863. Her father, Henry Hunt, a white farmer, served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He did not live with his eight children but he did help to pay for Adella to be educated at Sparta's Bass Academy and Atlanta University.

In 1883 Adella taught at the American Missionary School before joining Booker T. Washington and Olivia Davidson at the Tuskegee Institute. She taught English and Social Sciences and served as Tuskegee's first librarian.

Adella married Warren Logan, a fellow teacher at the Tuskegee Institute in 1888. Over the next few years she gave birth to nine children. However, only six survived to adulthood.

A strong supporter of women's suffrage, Adella led monthly discussions on the subject at the Tuskegee Woman's Club. She also amassed a large library of reading materials about suffrage. She also lectured at regional and national conferences of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs. Adella also wrote about women's rights in Crisis, a journal produced by William Du Bois and the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP).

Adella fell ill in 1915 and was admitted to Battle Creek Sanitarium for treatment. She returned to the Tuskegee Institute after hearing that Booker T. Washington was seriously ill. Adella's depression increased after the death of Washington and on 12th December, 1915, she jumped to her death from the top floor of one of the school's buildings.