African American History Forum
Prudence Crandell 1833~ Canterbury
In 1833, Prudence Crandall opened a school in Canterbury for African-American girls. Objections led to a state law that barred the teaching of “colored people” without a town’s permission. Crandall’s school stayed open despite court battles, and the “Black Law” was repealed in 1838. However, a mob assault on the school after her case was dismissed forced Crandall to close the school. Information from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, For more highlights and features, see the Register's Celebrating Women's History page.