Wells, Ida B. – African American History


The Ida B. Wells mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique individuals who shaped the history of the United States.  An image of Ida B. Wells and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Ida B. Wells born into slavery in Holly Springs, Mississippi, became a civil rights activist who dedicated her career to combating prejudice and violence.  As an investigative journalist, she documented lynching as the barbaric practice used to intimidate and oppress African Americans.  In 1892, her office and printing presses were destroyed by a white mob, but her writings continued to be carried nationally in Black-owned newspapers.  Ida B. Wells was an outspoken activist in women’s rights and the women’s suffrage movement.  She traveled internationally as a speaker on lecture tours.  Among many honors, in 2020, Wells was posthumously honored with a Pulitzer Prize special citation for her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching.


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909 as an interracial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans.  It was led by a group that included W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington, Moorfield Storey, and Ida B. Wells.  Its purpose is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. 

This Ida B. Wells History Mug is part of our biographical Civil Rights series which includes many unique individuals who played an important part in molding our U.S. history.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.

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