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Anna Julia Haywood Cooper

Anna Julia Haywood Cooper

Educator, feminist, and civil rights activist Anna Julia Hayward Cooper (1858-1964) lived here from 1916 until her death. Born in North Carolina, Cooper graduated from Oberlin College and moved to Washington in 1887 to teach Latin at the Preperatory School for Colored Youth (now Dunbar High School). From 1902 to 1906 she served as its principal. After earning a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne at age 66, Cooper became the president of Frelinghuysen University, a night school for poor and working-class adults, holding classes here. Cooper published A Voice from the South and helped found the Colored YWCA (now the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA).

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Updated: 7-17-2020