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The White Rose Home For Colored Working Girls was founded in 1897, in New York City. It later became known as the White Rose Mission or the White Rose Industrial Association. The organization was founded by Victoria Earle Matthews and Maritcha Remond Lyons. It was located in Manhattan’s upper west side in an area known as San Juan Hill, offering shelter, food, domestic training, and job placement for black women relocating to the area from the West Indies and southern, United States.
Victoria Earle Matthews and Maritcha Remond were deeply concerned about the challenging conditions for young black women who came to New York seeking a better life. The White Rose Mission and its volunteers would meet female travelers as they arrived in town and offer them assistance. These women were vulnerable to exploitation and many fell prey to employment scams and other types of coercion or abusive treatment.Continue reading “The White Rose Mission And Industrial Association”