Fanny Coppin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1837. In 1865, she began teaching at the Institute for Colored Youth. In 1869, she became head principal of the Institute. In 1871, she introduced a normal-school department into the school. To the ordinary work of teacher training, Coppin added a practice-teaching system in 1878. She resigned in 1902 and became a missionary in South Africa. She died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 21, 1913.
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