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Thu, 01.25.1810

Clarina Nichols, Abolitionist born

*Clarina Nichols was born on this date in 1810.  She was a white-American journalist, lobbyist, and public speaker involved in temperance, abolition, and the women’s movement. Born in West Townshend, Vermont, into a prosperous New England family, Clarina Irene Howard fell on hard times after a disastrous early marriage. Supporting herself and her children on […]

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Fri, 01.18.1811

Édouard de Laboulaye, Ambassador born

*Édouard de Laboulaye was born on this date in 1811.  He was a white-French jurist, poet, author, and anti-slavery activist.   Édouard René Lefèbvre de Laboulaye was born in Paris, France to a wealthy family.  Laboulaye was received at the bar in 1842 and was chosen professor of comparative law at the Collège de France in 1849.   A careful observer of […]

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Sun, 11.06.1814

William Wells Brown, Writer, and Abolitionist born

William Wells Brown was born on this date in 1814. He was a Black antislavery lecturer, a groundbreaking novelist, a playwright, and a historian.

Brown was born on a plantation outside Lexington, KY, to a George Higgins, a white plantation owner and relative of the owner of the plantation where Brown was born, and an African slave mother.

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Sat, 03.04.1815

Mrytilla Miner, Educator born

*Myrtilla Miner was born on this date in 1815.  She was a white-American educator and abolitionist.  From Brookfield, New York, Miner was educated at the Clover Street Seminary in Rochester, New York (1840–44), and taught at various schools, including the Newton Female Institute (1846–47) in Whitesville, Mississippi, where she was denied permission to conduct classes for Black girls. In 1851 Miner opened the Normal School […]

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Tue, 09.12.1815

Richard Rust, Minister, and Writer born

*Richard Rust was born on this date in 1815.  He was a white-American Methodist preacher, abolitionist, educator, writer and lecturer.  Richard Sutton Rust grew up in Ipswich, Massachusetts; he became orphaned at 10 years old and went to live on his uncle’s farm. He attended Phillips Academy and became involved in anti-slavery activities, and after […]

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Mon, 12.16.1816

William C. Nell, Black Historian born

William Cooper Nell, a Black lecturer, journalist, and historian was born on this date in 1816.

He was born in Boston to William and Louise Cooper. A frequent reader of William Lloyd Garrison’s, “Liberator,” Nell joined the antislavery movement and began working for the Liberator newspaper in the 1840s. At many of the antislavery functions in Boston, he was Garrison’s personal representative. He became active in the Underground Railroad, until ill health forced him to withdraw.

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Thu, 01.15.1818

Elizabeth Keckley, Author, and Abolitionist born

On this date we remember the birth of Elizabeth Keckley in 1818. She was a Black domestic, author, and abolitionist.

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Tue, 07.21.1818

Charles Reason, Mathematician born

*Charles L. Reason was born on this date in 1818. He was a Black mathematician, abolitionist and teacher.

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Fri, 08.10.1821

Jeremiah Sanderson, Abolitionist, and Educator born

*Jeremiah Sanderson was born on this date in 1821.  He was a Black abolitionist, and advocate for educational rights of Black children.   Jeremiah Burke Sanderson was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts to Daniel Sanderson and Sarah Burke. His mother was part Wampanoag, and his father was African and part Scottish. Daniel Sanderson left the […]

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Sun, 01.05.1823

Mary Smith Kelsey Peake, Seamstress, and Teacher born

*The birth of Mary Smith Kelsey Peake is celebrated on this date in 1823.  She was a Black teacher, school administrator and seamstress.   Born in Norfolk, Virginia the daughter of a free Black woman and a white Englishman. When she was six, Mary was sent to live with her aunt and uncle to attend […]

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Tue, 05.03.1825

Laura M. Towne, Educator, and Abolitionist born

On this date in 1825, Laura Matilda Towne was born. She was a White American educator and abolitionist.

From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Towne studied homeopathic medicine privately and attended the Penn Medical University. She taught in charity schools in various northern towns and cities in the 1850s and ’60s. Early in 1862 she answered an appeal for volunteers to teach, nurse, and otherwise help former slaves who had been freed in the Union capture of Port Royal and other Sea Islands area of South Carolina. In April of that year she arrived at St. Helena Island, SC.

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Thu, 02.16.1826

Martin Freeman, Educator born

*The birth of Martin Freeman in 1826 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black educator, and administrator.

From Rutland, Vermont, Martin Henry Freeman graduated from Middlebury College as Salutatorian in 1849. In 1854, he was appointed Professor at the Allegheny Institute near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which later became Avery College. Here, he gained a great following in mathematics and science. Freeman was appointed President of the school in 1856, the first Black man to hold the position of College President in America.

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Fri, 05.04.1827

The Oneida Institute Begins Classes

*The Oneida Institute opening is celebrated on this date in 1827.  They were a short-lived (16 years) but a highly influential school that was a national leader in the (then) emerging anti-slavery movement.   It was founded by George Washington Gale as the Oneida Institute of Science and Industry.   His former teacher (in the Addison County Grammar School, Middlebury, John Frost, now a Presbyterian minister […]

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Tue, 11.20.1827

Emily Howland, Educator and Abolitionist born

*Emily Howland was born on this date in 1827.  She was a white-American philanthropist, abolitionist, and educator.   Emily Howland was born at Sherwood, Cayuga County, New York.  She was the daughter of Slocum and Hannah Tallcot Howland, who were prominent in the Society of Friends.  Her brother, William Howland, served in the 106th New […]

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Sun, 01.13.1828

The African Dorcas Association Begins

*On this date in 1828, the African Dorcas Association was founded.  This was a Black women’s community aid society in New York City.   The women of this group sewed clothes for the Black children of the city so that they would have appropriate attire for school. They were also one of the first societies where “women met independently and without the supervision […]

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