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Dr Anna Julia <I>Haywood</I> Cooper

Dr Anna Julia Haywood Cooper

Birth
Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Death 27 Feb 1964 (aged 105)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
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Memorial ID 31252636 · View Source
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ANNA J. COOPER, PH.D.
1859-1964

EDUCATOR, AUTHOR, POET AND
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR
EARLY ADVOCATE OF EQUAL RIGHTS
FOR BLACKS AND WOMEN
A GRADUATE OF ST. AUGUSTINE'S COLLEGE
ERECTED 1979

Anna Haywood was the daughter of a slave woman, Hannah Stanley, and her white master. When she was 10 years old she started instruction at St. Augustine's Normal School and upon completion she remained as a teacher. She married George Cooper in 1877 but he died just two years later. She never remarried and had no children. She attended Oberlin College and earned a bachelors degree in 1884, taking the "Gentlemen's Course" rather than one for females. She taught at Wilberforce University and St. Augustine, but returned to Oberlin and earned a masters degree in mathematics in 1887.

Anna Cooper taught for many years in Washington D.C. She entered the doctoral program at Columbia University in 1914 and later transfered to the University of Paris (Sorbonne) where she earned a Ph.D in 1924.

She was a writer and poet. Her first book "A Voice from the South: By a Woman from the South" was published in 1892

"The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class - it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity." - Anna Julia Cooper

In 2009, the United States Postal Service released a commemorative stamp in Anna Cooper's honor.


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  • Created by: L. Finley
  • Added: 9 Nov 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 31252636
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (10 Aug 1858–27 Feb 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31252636, citing City Cemetery, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by L. Finley (contributor 47068673) .