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Dame of the Day: Jackie Ormes

Jackie Ormes

Today’s Dame of the Day is Jackie Ormes (August 1, 1911-December 26, 1985). Ormes began her career as a proofreader for the Pittsburgh Courier, but later became the first black woman cartoonist. After she relocated to Chicago, she wrote and drew for the Chicago Defender. She returned to Pittsburgh with a great body of work, and her comics of Torchy Brown, Candy, and Patty-Jo ’n’ Ginger ran in the Courier for years. Ormes also created a franchise of dolls based on her characters,  Patty-Jo and Torchy. After she retired, she continued to contribute murals and produce fundraiser fashion shows for the south side of Chicago.