On this date, March 23, 1837 Frances Coppin was born a slave in Washington, D.C. An aunt purchased her freedom when she was 12 years old. They moved to Newport, Rhode Island, where as a domestic servant she used her salary to hire a private tutor three hours a week. She moved to Ohio to attend Oberlin College in 1860.
In 1863, while still a student, she founded a night school for newly freed soldiers from the civil war. Her reputation as an educator spread. Four years after she graduated from from Oberlin she became the schools principal. Only a few know that Coppin State University was named for a formerly enslaved African woman from Washington DC. This has been another Breath of My Ancestors Minute w/Ty Gray-EL…We Must Never Forget