Alberta Virginia Scott
Alberta Virginia Scott (c. 1875 — August 30, 1902) was an American educator. She was the first African-American graduate of Radcliffe College, in 1898.
Alberta Virginia Scott was born near Richmond, Virginia, and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where her family moved when she was a little girl. Her family were members of the historic Union Baptist Church in Cambridge. Alberta attended Allston School (finishing in 1889) and then Cambridge Latin School, graduating with the class of 1894.
Alberta Scott died in 1902, in Cambridge, aged 26 years. "Her death cuts off what should have been a useful and creditable life of work among those of her race," concluded the obituary in a Cambridge newspaper.
There is a placard about Alberta V. Scott in Cambridge, placed by the Cambridge African American History Project in 1993. The Association of Black Harvard Women (ABHW) offers an Alberta V. Scott Mentorship Program, named in her honor.
- "Harvard's Negro Graduate" The Dighton Herald (August 18, 1898): 3. via Newspapers.com
- Church History, Union Baptist Church of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- "Our Public Schools" Cambridge Press (June 29, 1889): 2.
- "The Valedictory" Cambridge Tribune (June 30, 1894): 7.
- "Alberta Virginia Scott, Class of 1898" photograph in the collection of the Schlesinger Library.
- Kris Snibbe, "A Window into African-American History" Harvard Gazette (February 4, 2011).
- "Colored Graduate" Kansas City Journal (July 3, 1898): 15. via Newspapers.com
- "Colored Teacher Dead" Cambridge Chronicle (September 6, 1902): 6.
- "Deaths" Cambridge Tribune (September 6, 1902): 8.
- Cambridge Office of Tourism, Alberta V. Scott placard.
- Association of Black Harvard Women, About: History.