Mary Washington Wylie, the country's first black female CPA, passed away early this month in a Chicago nursing home, at the age of 99.

Born in Vicksburg, Miss., on April 21, 1906, Washington Wylie moved to Chicago as a child. According to the National Association of Black Accountants, Washington Wylie became the first black female CPA in 1943, and the 13th black CPA in the country, two years after graduating with a business degree from Northwestern University.

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