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Prudence Crandall

Died when: 86 years 147 days
Star Sign: Virgo

 

Prudence Crandall Prudence Crandall (September 3, 1803 – January 28, 1890) was an American schoolteacher and activist who pushed for women's suffrage and the rights of African Americans in the United States. Originally from Rhode Island, Crandall was raised as a Quaker in Canterbury, Connecticut, and she became known for establishing an academy for the education of African-American girls and women.In 1831, Crandall opened a private school for young white girls. However, when she admitted Sarah Harris, a 17-year-old African-American female student in 1832, she had what is considered to be the first integrated classroom in the United States. After Crandall decided to admit girls of color into her school, the parents of the white children began to withdraw their support. Despite the backlash she eventually received from the townspeople, she continued to educate, exclusively, young girls of color before she was forced to leave, with her husband Rev. Calvin Philleo, due to the magnitude of retaliation from the townspeople. In 1886, two decades after the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, Connecticut passed a resolution honoring Crandall and providing her with a pension; she died a few years later in 1890.
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