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Katherine Drexel working at her desk.
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Black and white photograph of Sister Katharine Drexel working at her desk.

Credit: "Archives of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament."

Unlike many women who entered Catholic religious orders in the late 1800s, Katharine Drexel chose not to live a cloistered life. Instead, she devoted her energies to working among the nation's poorest minorities, especially Native Americans and African Americans.

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