Learning from Sarah Douglass

In 1833, Sarah Mapps Douglass, an African American educator, moved from her home in Philadelphia to New York City to teach in a Girls African School. She was lonely in the new city, and she missed going to Quaker meeting with her mother, Grace Douglass. When she attended meeting in New York, however, no one spoke to her. She had been going there for about one month when on the way in to the meetinghouse a Friend asked her, “Does thee go out to house cleaning?” Sarah reported to a friend that she wept during the whole of🔒

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Margaret Hope Bacon is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. She has recently published Love Is the Hardest Lesson: A Memoir. ©2002 Margaret Hope Bacon

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