Fanny Jackson Coppin, circa 1910.
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Head and Shoulders portrait.

Credit: From Fanny Jackson Coppin, Reminiscences of School Life, and Hints on Teaching., A.M.E. Book, 1913.

The first African-American woman to head a school, Fanny Jackson Coppin's tenure as Principal (1869-1903) of Philadelphia's Institute for Colored Youth coincided with the Institute's greatest successes and prestige. Coppin was one of a number of prominent instructors who were active in the struggle for racial uplift and who contributed to the school's reputation for academic excellence.

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