The daughter of a former slave and a railroad cook, Ms. Greene was born in Madisonville, Tennessee in 1910. Her father, Ike Moore, came to East Tennessee to help build railroads after his emancipation in 1865 in Mt. Sterling, Ky.
After graduating from Tennessee A&I in Nashville, for two years she taught 29 students, ranging from first- to eighth-graders in a one room school in Shady Grove in Monroe County, Tennessee.
Civil Rights Efforts
Ms. Greene participated in the work of churches and organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that were "for the uplifting of our people."