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Black Women in the Academy

1793
  • Catherine Ferguson, a former slave buys her freedom and opens Katy Ferguson’s School for the Poor in New York.
1829
  • St. Francis Academy of Colored Girls, a boarding school founded by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, opens in Baltimore Maryland.
1833
  • Townspeople burn down High School for Young Colored Ladies and Misses opened by Prudence Crandall, a White Quaker schoolteacher in Canterbury, Connecticut.
1835
  • Oberlin College becomes the first U.S. college to admit students without regard to race or sex.
1849
  • Court bars Sarah C. Roberts from attending neighborhood white schools after Massachusetts State Supreme Court upholds segregation in schools in Sarah C. Roberts v. City of Boston.
1850
  • Lucy Sessions receives literary degree from Oberlin College making her the first Black woman in the United States to receive a college degree.

 

 

 

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HUAN 4 
May 2000