These Lexington women accomplished great things, often under difficult and unusual circumstances. Each was a trailblazer and had a ificant impact on their communities. Mary Todd was one of the most educated women of her generation which made her a successful First Lady during the American Civil War. During the Civil War she and her mother founded a private school to provide income for their family. She was one of the founders the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is buried at Lexington Cemetery.
Martha Layne Collins b. She successfully brought Toyota Motor Manufacturing to the state inthe first North American plant.
It is still the world's largest Toyota manufacturing facility. Belle Brezing Brezing was one of the most infamous American brothel madams of the nineteenth century. Her influential clients included bankers, businessmen, and politicians; she was even pardoned by Kentucky Governor Luke P. Blackburn for running a bawdy house.
Knowing British and Native American soldiers laid in wait outside the fort, 12 women and 16 girls walked out of the fort to retrieve water from the creek. This ploy allowed the fort to restock resources and gave the settlers an advantage of knowing where their would-be attackers were hiding. The attack was ultimately unsuccessful, most notably due to the sacrifice of the women.
Nicknamed the "Petticoat Abolitionist," Webster was a well-known anti-slavery activist in Lexington who guided many Lexington slaves to the Underground Railroad.
With her house on the Underground Railroad, she was arrested and sentenced to two years in the state penitentiary for helping the Hayden Family escape to Ohio. Pardoned by the governor after two months, Webster left Kentucky for the North but continued to be an ardent abolitionist. Ella Bishop The daughter of a hardware store owner in downtown Lexington, Bishop was also a staunch Unionist and became a local hero in Linda Neville Returning to her hometown of Lexington inshe began to teach children out of her home and devoted much of her time to charity and juvenile court boards.
Her educational work led her to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky which inspired her to become dedicated to the prevention of blindness.
Louis Society for the Blind. Her efforts saw childhood blindness decrease exponentially.
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