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Good afternoon. I'm delighted to be here in Cleveland during Women's History Month. I'd like to begin by talking about two remarkable women, Eliza Bryant and Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.
Eliza Bryant, born in 1827, was a freed slave, abolitionist and business woman. After she moved to Cleveland, she was appalled by the plight of African Americans in the Cleveland area, particularly older African Americans. Because of segregation, no white nursing home, or even homeless shelters, would admit them. Finally, because of Bryant's relentless efforts, she succeeded in establishing the Cleveland Home of Aging Colored People. It opened its doors in 1897-when Eliza Bryant was 70 years old. Today, Ellen Bryant Village is known as the best Medicaid continuing care facility in the country.