• Prudence Crandall


    Prudence Crandall



    In October of 1831,
    I opened a private girl’s academy
    In Canterbury, Connecticut.
    In 1833, I decided to admit
    An African American student
    Named Sarah Harris,
    Who wanted more education
    In order to become a teacher
    For African American children.
    The white students’ parents were outraged
    And demanded
    That Sarah Harris be expelled.
    I refused to expel the young student
    And decided instead to open a new school
    For African American girls.
    My new school met with much hostility,
    And I was arrested and jailed.
    Although I finally won my legal battle,
    I feared for my students’ safety
    And decided to close the school in 1834.





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