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Fanny Jackson Coppin

  • This book is inscribed to my beloved aunt Sarah Orr Clark who, working at six dollars a month, saved one hundred and twenty-five dollars, and bought my freedom.

  • Good manners will often take people where neither money nor education will take them.

  • A gentleman can always be told by the way he speaks to those that he thinks are his inferiors in some respect. His equals he does not wish to offend, his superiors he does not dare to offend, and of those whom he considers his inferiors he would be all the more considerate.

  • We do not ask that any one of our people shall be put into a position because he is a colored person, but we do most emphatically ask that he shall not be kept out of a position because he is a colored person. 'An open field and no favors' is all that is requested.

  • I am always sorry to hear that such and such a person is going to school to be educated. This is a great mistake. If the person is to get the benefit of what we call education, he must educate himself, under the direction of the teacher.

  • There is too much repression and suppression in schools.

Fanny Jackson Coppin, U.S. educator, missionary

(1837 - 1913)