First Black Woman White House Reporter to be Honored with Bronze Statue

Alice Allison Dunnigan may not be a house whole name unless your house happens to be on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Yes, that is the address to the White House and that's where Dunnigan made history. 

Dunnigan, who died in 1983, reported on President Harry Truman in the 1940s and early 1950s. She also was the first black woman to obtain credentials to cover Congress, the Supreme Court and the State Department. 

Alice Dunnigan made strides as a Black Woman when things were not so friendly to anybody with her skin color or considering she was a woman. She consistently battled racism and sexism while making histroy. 

 'Race and sex were twin strikes against me. I’m not sure which was the hardest to break down.' Alice Allison Dunnigan

Dunnigan was the head of the Associated Negro Press for 14 years beginning in 1947. She provided stories to 112 African-American newspapers throughout the U.S. Now in an effort to honor her the Newseum in Washington will dispaly a bronze statue of Alice from September 21 to December 16. 

The Newseum is an interactive museum that highlights the importance of a free press and Americans' constitutional right to free expression. 


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