Janie Porter Barrett Biography

Activist, Academic, Children's Activist (1865–1948)
Janie Porter Barrett was a social worker and reformer who established a school for previously incarcerated African-American girls.


Janie Porter Barrett was born on August 9th, 1865 in Athens, Georgia. The daughter of a former slave, Barrett dedicated her life to social work for African-American causes. In 1915, she founded a school to rehabilitate previously incarcerated African-American girls (now known as the Barrett Learning Center). She also established the Virginia State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs. Barret died in 1948.

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