Family of Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Ida B. Wells and her husband, Ferdinand L. Barnett had four children together - Charles, Herman, Ida Jr. and Alfreda.  Between their children they had a total of seven grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.  There are now dozens of great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren.

About Descendants

The descendants of Ida B. Wells work in a variety of professions, including law, medicine, finance, ministry, science, technology, communications, education, and business.  Family members live in numerous areas around the country. Although they are all proud of their ancestor and do what they can to promote her legacy, there are some members who have chosen to incorporate the work of Ida B. Wells into their professional pursuits.  

Alfreda Duster - daughter - (1904 - 1983)

social worker

included in Women Building Chicago 

Troy Duster (grandson)

sociologist, author

Biography by John F. Galliher 

The Historymakers


Alfreda Ferrell (granddaughter)

retired educator

Dan Duster  (great-grandson)

motivational speaker, author


The Real News Network Interview

Michelle Duster  (great-granddaughter)

author, professor, speaker


Interview by Nina Turner at Ida B's Table

DIY Podcast with Michelle

Tiana L. Ferrell (great-great-granddaughter)

communications specialist, playwright