The Shaed Sisters of Washington, D.C.

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The Shaed Sisters of Washington, D.C.

Elementary School Educators

The Shaeds were a prominent family of educators and professionals in Washington, D.C. Gregory and Cenos Shaed moved from Florida to Washington, D.C. after their marriage in 1900, where Mr. Shaed became a printer with the Government Printing Office.

The Shaeds had six children, Alice, Ernestine, Helen, Dorothy, Eunice, and Gregory W., Jr.  All of the daughters were graduates of Miner Normal School and taught in D.C. public schools. Their only son, Gregory W. Shaed, Jr. became a physician after graduating from Howard Medical School in 1934 and practiced in Florida, Michigan, and Virginia.

Mrs. Francis A. Gregory proposed the development of a genealogical collection to document the history of certain prominent African-American families in Washington, D.C. Eunice Shaed donated the Shaed family papers, photos, letters, books, awards and other family items. 

Highlights from this collection are on display outside of the Black Studies Center through December 2016. For more information, contact Ayana Reed (

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