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Elizabeth Jennings
Birth: 1830
Death: Jun. 5, 1901
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA


In memory of Elizabeth Jennings Graham
Age: 76 years old



The Rosa Parks of Manhattan
By wildnewyork


Elizabeth Jennings was running late.

It was July 16, 1854, and Jennings, a 24-year-old teacher, was headed to the First Colored American Congregational Church on Sixth Street and the Bowery.

At Chatham and Pearl Streets, she boarded a streetcar. Like schools, hotels, and many jobs, streetcars operated on a color line and often refused black New Yorkers.

On this summer morning, the driver insisted Jennings get off and wait for a colored streetcar. She said no.

"I told him . . . I was a respectable person, born and raised in New York . . . and that he was a good for nothing impudent fellow for insulting decent persons while on their way to church," she later said, according to a 2005 New York Times article

Jennings was forced off. But the story was just beginning. Her prominent family hired a young lawyer (and future U.S. president) named Chester Arthur to take her case.

Jennings won and received $250 in damages. Still, it took several years of lawsuits for the city's streetcars to be fully desegregated

Elizabeth Jennings married and had a son; she ran a school for black children and died in 1901. She's buried in Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn, but her name lives on with this City Hall street sign.




For genealogy purposes.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas L. Jennings (1791 - 1856)
 
 Sibling:
  Elizabeth Jennings Graham (1830 - 1901)*
  Elizabeth Jennings (1830 - 1901)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cypress Hills Cemetery
Brooklyn
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
 
Created by: New York Historian
Record added: Apr 18, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88729003
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- Ancestor's Child (Andie Parrish)
 Added: Oct. 4, 2015
Bless for heart.RIP...
- Alisohn - Highly Favored and Blessed
 Added: Aug. 26, 2015
MA'AM!!! "LET FREEDOM RING!" Her father, Thomas L. Jennings (memorial #151271488)
- Props2u
 Added: Aug. 26, 2015
 
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