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Aiken, Maymie “Madame De Mena”

Aiken, Maymie “Madame De Mena” (1891–1953)   Reference library

Melissa Castillo-Garsow

Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro–Latin American Biography

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History, Regional and National History
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...Aiken, Maymie “Madame De Mena” ( 1891–1953 ) Afro-Nicaraguan Garveyite organizer and journalist , was born Maymie Leona Turpeau De Mena in 1891 , to Isabella Regist and Francisco Hiberto De Mena in San Carlos, Nicaragua. She was raised in an upper-middle-class family—her father was the government minister of lands in San Carlos—and was privately educated. De Mena traveled to the United States in 1913–1914 and 1917–1925 . She was employed as a clerk-stenographer and teacher before she began her career in Marcus Garvey’s United Negro Improvement...