Sylvia Anna Magruder (née Duncan) was born on July 1, 1880 in New Orleans, Louisiana the youngest daughter of Rev. Stephen
Duncan and Sylvia Duncan. She graduated from New Orleans University and worked as a teacher and matron for ten years before
marrying Rev. E.J. Magruder in 1908. The couple moved to California the following year, and in 1926 E.J. Magruder was appointed
as the pastor at the First A.M.E. Church in San Francisco, California. Sylvia Anna Magruder served various civic and religious
organizations in the San Francisco area, including the Y' Women of the San Francisco Buchanan St. YWCA and Woman's Home and
Foreign Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. She also worked for African American civil rights
and advocated the hiring of the city’s first African American railway conductor, police officer, and social worker.