Meet two African Americans featured in Women of History in The Mary Baker Eddy Library
Marietta Thomas Webb (1864–1951) was one of the first African Americans listed in The Christian Science Journal as a practitioner of healing through prayer. For over a century, her own testimony has been part of the chapter titled “Fruitage” in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.
Pearline B. Thompson was the first African American to serve as President of The Mother Church (The First Church of Christ, Scientist). She was also one of the first African Americans authorized to teach Christian Science. Her published accounts illustrate that one of her most significant accomplishments was to promote racial harmony and equality through prayer, both outside her church and within it.