Monday, June 8, 2009

There once was a girl

From Nantucket. And here she is. Anna Gardner (1816-1901) was a teacher, secretary of the New England Anti-Slavery Society and a worker for women's rights, universal suffrage, and temperance. That's not enough? She published the call for the first anti-slavery convention - in Nantucket, at which Frederick Douglass made his first public speech. When Gardner's pupil in the African School, Eunice Ross, was denied entrance to the new public Nantucket High School because of her race, Gardner resigned her position and became involved in the fight for desegregation. So when next you think of Nantucket females, show a little respect!

You can also read about the Grimke sisters, famous abolitionists.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

An inspirational lady