her life, Marie Hilson Katzenbach worked
to improve education in New Jersey. A member of the State
Board of Education for 44 years, she served as president
for nine years. Katzenbach worked tirelessly at the New
Jersey School for the Deaf, which was renamed in her honor
Morrow Parker became the first African-American
public school teacher in Bergen County in 1922. She was
hired to teach fifth and sixth grade in the Hackensack
public schools. During her early years of teaching, she
and her family were subject to criticism by the Daughters
of the American Revolution and the Knights of Columbus,
and to harassment by the Ku Klux Klan.
more information on New Jersey Women’s History, please
visit the Women’s
Project of New Jersey.