Thursday, September 19, 2019

Dare to Teach: the Life and Legacy of Prudence Crandall

Thursday, May 2
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dare to Teach tells the story of Prudence Crandall who began a school in Canterbury, Connecticut in 1833 to educate black girls. She would be bullied, harassed, threatened, fined, jailed, and tried three times because she dared to teach. The school was victimized by the populace who contaminated the well, attempted arson, and ultimately the school was destroyed by rioters and closed. Connecticut and Canterbury recanted their positions and voted a pension to Prudence in old age. Prudence Crandall would ultimately be honored and celebrated as the Connecticut State Heroine. This program was awarded a 2013 Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit Honorable Mention for education programming. Lecture given by Carolyn Ivanoff.

HC Librarian
Bridgeport History Center