1852
  • The Institute For Colored Youth begins as the first coeducational classical high school for African Americans in Philadelphia.
  • Myrtilla Miner opens Normal School for Colored Girls in Washington, D.C.
1855
  • Charlotte Forten Grimke graduates from the Normal School and becomes the first Black to teach white children in Massachusetts.
1861
  • Mary Peake opens one room day school in Hampton, Virginia.
1862
  • Mary Jane Patterson receives degree from Oberlin College and is the first Black woman in the U.S. to earn the Bachelors’degree from an accredited college.
1864
  • Rebecca Lee is the first Black woman in the U.S. to obtain a medical degree and the only Black woman awarded the Doctress of Medicine.
1866
  • Sarah Woodson Early, a teacher of English and Latin, principal and matron at Wilberforce University, is the first African American woman on a college faculty.
1869
  • Fanny Jackson Coppins, principal of the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia, is the first Black woman to lead an institution for higher learning in the U.S.
1872
  • Charlotte E. Ray, the first Black female lawyer in the U.S., is admitted to the D.C. Bar.

 

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HUAN 4 
May 2000