Black Missionary History – Fanny Coppin

Fanny Jackson CoppinFanny Jackson Coppin (b.1837 – d.1913) was an educator and missionary. Born an American slave, her freedom was purchased by her aunt at age 12. In 1860, she enrolled in Oberlin College in Ohio, the first US college to accept both black and female students. While a student, she taught an evening course for free African Americans in reading and writing, and she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1865 and become the first African American woman school principal (Institute for Colored Youth).

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  1. You asked for comment… the only thing I can say every time I learn of freed slaves and their achievements to society is what I feel: I feel so week. I feel soft and like I have never known challenge. And it inspires me. To be unafraid. Because I have never faced life and death — and probably never will — to be “brave.” Because of Fanny, I can be brave.


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