Julia-Ellen Craft Davis is the great, great granddaughter of Ellen and William Craft who escaped from slavery in 1848. Traveling on railroad and steamship, their daring escape from Macon, GA to Philadelphia, PA, took 4 days during the Christmas holiday. Julia-Ellen Craft Davis serves as the modern-day connection to the 1860 autobiography, Running A Thousand Miles, which was written by her ancestor William Craft.
Julia-Ellen Craft Davis is on the Board of Avery Institute of Afro American History and Culture and the Board of the Preservation Society of Charleston (PSO) in South Carolina. As the Chairperson of the PSO’s Thomas M. Pinckney Alliance, Julia-Ellen provides leadership in fulfilling the mission, which is to protect the African-American built environment in the South Carolina’s Lowcountry. In addition, Julia-Ellen is Secretary of the Charleston Area Friends of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Julia-Ellen Craft Davis continues a family tradition of a Preservationist.
As an Early Childhood Educator, Julia-Ellen Craft Davis has over 20 years experience with non-profit and public preschool programs including Head Start. She has been the Director of Head Start Programs with approximately 2,000 Head Start children in Broward County, FL, and later over a program in the surrounding area of Charleston, SC, her childhood home. In addition to her Head Start experience, Julia-Ellen Craft Davis has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education as a trainer and initially as a preschool teacher. From 2007 to the present, she has worked as a Board Member of the SC First Steps and recently became Chairperson of the Program and Grants Committee.
Julia-Ellen Craft Davis received a Masters of Science degree in Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York, and a Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in Boston, MA.