a photo of Esther Pople

The PSC is proudly named after Esther Popel Shaw ’19 (1896-1958). Esther A.B. Popel (later Esther Popel Shaw) was the first African-American woman to graduate from Dickinson College. Professionally, she was a published poet of the Harlem Renaissance Era and an anti-racist and feminist activist.  

You can learn more about Mrs. Popel Shaw by visiting this link to the Dickinson Archives story