A member of the class of 1883, Parker is believed to be the first woman of color to attend Mount Holyoke--although the College was not aware she was an African American until she arrived on campus. Despite the segregationist practices of the time, she was allowed to stay. She is said to have loved playing the piano, and her classmates loved to hear her play.
The 2015 Hortense Parker Celebration will occur Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 4:30PM in Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.
If you are interested in helping to plan the celebration or want to be involved, contact Assistant Dean of Students Latrina Denson or Hortenese Parker Student Chair Brittany Greggs at: email@example.com
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