My Contribution: I was a prominent soprano in Harrisburg’s music community and a dedicated elementary school teacher at Wickersham Elementary School.

My Legacy: I was a talented classical musician and a respected educator in Harrisburg and beyond who selflessly contributed musical talents to local organizations and churches. Second Baptist Church, where I often performed, still operates as an active church community today.

About Me: “She was an often sought-after vocalist. She enjoyed religious and classical music.” Betty Curtis, niece of Dorothy, written history.

Full Name: Dorothy Margarete Curtis; Dorothy (Curtis) Nichols

Birth Date: ca. 1900-1903

Death Date: January 23, 1955

Place of Birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Sex: Female

Race: Black (1910 and 1920 Federal Censuses) and “Negro” (1930 Federal Census)

Places of Residence: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: 127 Short Street, 250 Liberty Street, and 133 Balm Street.

Connection to the Old Eighth Ward: Resident on Short Street.

Family Members: Father: Robert Curtis. Mother: Jane Greenly Curtis. Brothers: John Curtis, Robert Curtis, Earl Curtis, Floyd Curtis, and Orvin Curtis. Husband: Sheridan H. Nichols (m. Jan. 2, 1938).

Education: Cherry State Teachers College (source: interview with descendant Betty Curtis); Shippensburg State Teachers College; University of Pennsylvania summer course; and Temple University summer session.

Occupations: Soloist. Elementary School Teacher at Wickersham School, Harrisburg. Clerk.

Church Membership: Bethel A.M.E. Church.

Activism: Community Choral Society; Alpha Music Study Club (Harrisburg branch of National Association of Negro Musicians); Crispus Atticks Club.

Connections: Mildred Mercer Cannon. Rosabelle Quann. Frisby C. Battis and Maude Coleman (neighbors).