Henrietta Bell Wells

 

 

 

Age: 96

 

Summary: the last surviving (and only female) member of the 1930 Wiley College debate team that participated in the first interracial collegiate debate in the U.S., in which the story of the team called the Great Debaters was told in the 2007 movie of the same title when it began in 1924 at Wiley College, a small liberal arts college in Marshall, Texas founded 50 years earlier by the Methodist Episcopal Church to educate "newly freed men."

 

 

Cause of Death: Undisclosed causes

 

Born: October 11, 1912

 

Died: February 27, 2008

 

Location: Baytown, Texas