Prudence Crandall
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member SafireLady
N 37° 22.326 W 096° 12.005
14S E 747932 N 4139830
This sits on the West side of the nearly ghost town of Elk Falls, Kansas.
Waymark Code: WM3GZ7
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 04/05/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member silverquill
Views: 50

Marker Name: Prudence Crandall

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker text:
Prudence Crandall In 1831, Prudence Crandall, educator, emancipator, and human rights advocate, established a school which in 1833, became the first black female academy in New England at Canterbury, Connecticut. This later action resulted in her arrest and imprisonment for violating the "Black Law". Although she was later released on a technicality, the school was forced to close after being harassed and attacked by a mob. She moved with her husband Calvin Philleo to Illinois. After her husband died in 1874, she and her brother moved to a farm near Elk Falls. Prudence taught throughout her long life and was an outspoken champion for equality for education and the rights of women. In 1886, supported by Mark Twain and others, an annuity was granted to her by the Connecticut Legislature. She purchased a house in Elk Falls where she died January 27, 1890. Over a hundred years later, legal arguments used by her trial attorneys were submitted to the Supreme Court during their consideration of the historic civil rights case of Brown vs Topeka Board of Education. Erected by Kansas Historical Society and Kansas Department of Transportation

Marker Location: Elk

Name of agency setting marker: Kansas State Historical Society

Marker Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

Official Marker Number: Not listed

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