Mary Ann Shadd

an HMS American Cultures collaborative production

Mary Ann Shadd was born a free black, in 1823. She was raised with the ideas of freedom and equality. Her home was a stop on the Underground Railroad, helping many slaves on their journey to freedom. She also attended school as a child and later became a teacher for all black schools, in the North. She also was an editor for a strongly opinionated news paper, called The Liberator. As she grew up she married, had children, and was widowed. She eventually went back to teaching and finishing her own schooling. She earned her law degree, at Howard University, in 1883, becoming the second black women to earn a law degree. She joined the National Woman's Suffrage Association and became the second black woman to place a vote in a national election.

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