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Anna J. Cooper: A Voice from the South

February 1, 1981 – September 30, 1982

Location: Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, 2405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE

The life and times of Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, Washington, D.C. black educator, are the subject of this exhibition. Although she taught and served as principal (1902-1906) of the M Street High School (now Dunbar High School), her role and influence extended beyond its boundaries. She was an advocate of human rights who lectured on a broad range of topics that affected blacks and women; she was a feminist of her day; she was also a writer—the exhibit title is taken from her work A Voice From the South: By a Black Woman of the South.

In 1925, Dr. Cooper earned her Ph.D. from the Sorbonne, the first woman from the District to do so. On view are historical documents, photographs, memorabilia, and re-creations of her home and classroom settings.

The exhibition is based on an unpublished manuscript by the late Dr. Leona Gable, Smith College.

Source book at GPO Bookstore (Stock #047-000-00372-5)

Book: Anna J. Cooper