40 Orange Street.
Privately owned, not open to the public.
of the local women’s anti-slavery society, Anna Gardner, was instrumental
in convening the island’s first Anti-Slavery Convention in 1841
(see Site 3). Her Quaker abolitionist family lived here. In 1822, her
parents Oliver and Hannah Gardner sheltered escaped slave Arthur Cooper
(see Site 7) and his pregnant wife.
at the African School (see Site 9) from 1836 until 1840 and was a
teacher of Eunice Ross (1823-1895) (see
Site 7). Anna went South
in 1863 to teach black youngsters in Union-occupied North Carolina.
During Reconstruction, she taught in Virginia schools established
by the Freedman’s Bureau. She later became a leader in the
national women’s suffrage movement.
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