- NAME: Myrtilla Miner
- OCCUPATION: Educator
- BIRTH DATE: March 04, 1815
- DEATH DATE: December 17, 1864
- Did You Know?: Myrtilla Miner wrote to William Seward, then governor of New York, to ask how she might acquire a liberal education.
- EDUCATION: Young Ladies Domestic Seminary
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brookfield, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Washington, D.C.
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Before abolition, teacher Myrtilla Miner defied societal rules and founded a school in Washington, D.C., to teach former slave girls how to be teachers themselves.
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She had lived to see the EmancipationProclamation come to fruition in 1863 but not the end of the Civil War. Her story would hardly be known were it not for a brief memoir of her life written by Ellen O'Connor in 1885.
Throughout the years, Miner's school underwent numerous name changes and incorporation into other institutions,
but it held the distinction of educating the majority of African American elementary school teachers employed in the D.C. schools throughout World War II. The Miner Building is now part of Howard University's School of Education. There is a small plaque there acknowledging Myrtilla Miner's contributions.
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