Women’s History Month: Edomae Boone Watson

Edomae Boone Watson
Courtesy: Arkansas State University Library

Born: April 2, 1907 near Augusta, Arkansas

Died: January 21, 1986 

Bio: Edomae Boone Watson was a prominent African-American civic and education leader in Jonesboro. In addition to being an educator in Jonesboro’s segregated and then integrated school system, she also played a pivotal role in developing the Head Start program in the city. She served in state and national organizations to secure funding to provide early-childhood education opportunities for low-income children in Jonesboro.

You can learn more about the life of Edomae Boone Watson at the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.