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Her Legacy, Our Foundation

The Ruth L. Bennett Historical Site

June 21, 1866 – February 24, 1947

Ruth L. Bennett was an American social reformer, women's club founder and the first President of the Chester, Pennsylvania branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).


She founded the Ruth L. Bennett Improvement Club, The Ruth L. Bennett Community House for Colored Women and Girls and the Wilson Nursery to help migrant black women from the southern United States who moved to Chester as part of the Great Migration.


She served as president of the Pennsylvania State Federation of Negro Women's Clubs.

The Ruth L. Bennett House, the Ruth L. Bennett Homes public housing development and the Ruth Bennett Community Farm in Chester are named in her honor.

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