"D" is for Dabbs, Edith Mitchell (1906-1991)

Feb 18, 2021

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"D" is for Dabbs, Edith Mitchell (1906-1991). Author, churchwoman, community activist. Dabbs, a native of Dalzell, graduated from Coker College and then taught school for several years. Through the 1940s and 1950s she was active in the work of the United Church Women (an ecumenical Christian organization) and served as state president. Under her leadership the organization grew from half a dozen white women to an integrated annual gathering of more than two hundred. She also served on the national organization’s Public Relations Committee. In the 1960s she began an association with historic Penn School on St. Helena Island. That, led to several well-known publications: Walking Tall, Face of an Island, and Sea Island Diary: A History of St. Helena Island.In 1978 Edith Mitchell Dabbs received the Valiant Woman Award from Church Women United.