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 Frances Ellen <I>Watkins</I> Harper

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

  • Birth 24 Sep 1825 Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Death 22 Feb 1911 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Collingdale, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot John Brown Lot 487
  • Memorial ID 6651217

Poet, Author. Known as "The Bronze Muse", she is considered to be the first black woman to make a living from writing. An educator and poet by trade, she was a stuanch and outspoken supporter of the abolitionist, temperance and early feminist and civil rights movements. Noted friends and contemporaries include Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Fredrick Douglas and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She published books throughout her liftime, including "Sketches of Southern Life" in 1872, the "Martyr of Alabama and Other Poems" in 1894, and her well-known novel "Iola Leroy, or Shadows Uplifted" in 1892.

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  • Originally Created by: Devin D. Banks
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6651217
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (24 Sep 1825–22 Feb 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6651217, citing Eden Cemetery, Collingdale, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .