Prudence Crandall was born September third,1803 in Hope Valley, Rhode Island. She was born into a quaker family. She had oine sister named Almira. She went to a privte school named Society of Friends. Alongside her Almira, she bought a school and opened it as an all girls school, and that is where her legacy begins. So, lets get to know a little more about connecticut's state hero.
All Girls School
She opened her all girls school in Canterbury, Connecticut, 1831. It was an amazing school, as she taught many of the wealthy family's daughter's. Her currriculum was very challenging, it was the same one they used to teach boys. Her school was wildly succesful, and she got many wonderful reviews from parents and anyone who felt the need to visit the school. Then, Sarah Harris requested permision to attend her school.
Statue of Sarah Harris.
Connecticut was a free state, but there was still much segregation. Crandall was a very supportive member of the abolition movement, and greatly apposed slavery. Crandall didn't want the black girl to attend her school for fear that it would cause great amounts of anger to erupt for her students parents. Sarah claimed that she wanted to go to school to learn to be a teacher, to enable her to teach African American children. Crandall's heart was softened and she allowed Sarah to attend her school little did she know how much negative publicity she would attract to her school.
Segragation and Humiltiation
Crandall loved teaching Sarah inside the school, but outside there were parents who were very angry with her for admitting Sarah to her school. Many parents took their daughters of of the school. Eventually Crandall got sick and tired of the nagging of white parents and ceased teaching white students all together. She closed her school and on March 2, 1833 she opened an African American girls school.
This is an example of what her students an school might have looked like.
The action of opening this school was wildly opposed. The anger of the people in her community boiled and people started to threaten her and her students. This however didn't damper her high spirits and ambitions for her school. The threats later became actions which included refused medical attention from doctors, and the poisoning of the schools well with animal droppings. It was becoming unsafe to educate her students and she made the hard decision to close the school on September 10, 1834.
Later in Life
After the school was closed down she married a minister named Calvin Philleo. They moved to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, ans Illinois where Calvin eventually passed away. After her husband passed away she moved in with her brother in Elk Falls, Kansas, where the both eventually died.
Shortly before her death they repealed the Black Law, and she was recognized as a hero. In reward she was given a yearly pension of $400, for having the perseverance to do what she did.
I hope now you know a little more about Connecticut's state hero and a proud reformer of the United States.