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Juanita J. Craft

Juanita Jewel Craft is an American civil rights advocate and politician. She is an American Hero.

Craft was born Juanita Jewel Shanks in Round Rock, Texas on February 9, 1902. She was the granddaughter of former slaves, and the only child of school teachers, David Slyvestus and Eliza Balfour Shanks. Eliza Shanks raised Juanita alone until she died in 1918. Following her motherís death, Craft moved to Columbus, Texas to be with her father. The following year, she graduated high school and attended Prairie View A&M University, an HBCU. There Craft studied sewing and millinery. After two years, she left and moved back to Austin, Texas. She received her teaching certificate from Samuel Houston College. By 1925, Craft had gotten a job as a maid at the Adolphus Hotel, and later as a seamstress.

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