March is Women’s History Month.
The theme for 2011 is “Our History is Our Strength”
“Our shared history unites families, communities, and nations. Although women’s history is intertwined with the history shared with men, several factors – social, religious, economic, and biological – have worked to create a unique sphere of women’s history.”
Source: National Women’s History Project
To celebrate Women’s History Month I thought it would be appropriate to spotlight women in Kingsport with images from the archives. Throughout the rest of the month I will be adding more entries, so keep checking back.
Today’s spotlight is on Mrs. J.W. Dobyns.
Mrs. J.W. Dobyns, affectionately known as “Mother Dobyns”, was born in Old Town, Grayson County, Virginia in 1869. The Dobyns came to Kingsport in the early 1900s. J.W. Dobyns became the first Mayor of Kingsport in 1917.
Mr. and Mrs. Dobyns played a significant role in the building and shaping of Kingsport. Mrs. Dobyns worked side by side with her husband and was dedicated to a number of civic affairs in Kingsport. She was a charter member of the Broad Street Methodist Church and served on the Board of Education for many years.
Mother Dobyns died February 14, 1951.