Tolbert, Margaret Ellen Mayo
- Jeannette Elizabeth Brown
chemist, was born Margaret Ellen Mayo in Suffolk, Virginia, the third child of J. Clifton Mayo, a landscape gardener who served in the army during World War II, and Martha Artis Mayo, a domestic worker. Margaret's parents separated while she was very young. During her early years she and her siblings became orphaned when her mother died, and her education suffered. The family was raised by the neighbors in order to keep them together and then by their father's mother Fannie Mae Johnson Mayo Her father died and her grandmother became ill and could not care for the family There was no room for Margaret when her siblings were placed with a relative But early in school she realized that a good education was the way to success and she thrived even though she had to work as a maid during high school to support herself ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.