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Sophia B. Packard was a 19th century educator who, with fellow teacher Harriet Giles, founded Spelman College.
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Born on January 3, 1824, in New Salem, Massachusetts, Sophia B. Packard eventually worked as a teacher and pastor's assistant. Along with Harriet Giles, she relocated to Atlanta and, with aid from the Women's American Baptist Home Mission Society and John D. Rockefeller, founded a school for African-American female students that would become known as Spelman College. Packard died in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 1891.
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