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Near Cheyney in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fanny M Jackson Coppin

(1837-1913)

 
 
Fanny M Jackson Coppin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 27, 2014
1. Fanny M Jackson Coppin Marker
Inscription.
Educator, writer, humanist, missionary. A former slave, she graduated from Oberlin College in 1865. Principal, Institute for Colored Youth, 1869-1902 (I.C.Y. became Cheyney University, 1983). Coppin pioneered industrial arts and teacher education.
 
Erected 1986 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 55.968′ N, 75° 31.659′ W. Marker is near Cheyney, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker can be reached from Cheyney University Quad. Click for map. This marker "should" be on the post behind the Administration Building at Cheyney University. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1837 University Circle, Cheyney PA 19319, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jimmy Carter (a few steps from this marker); Squire Thomas Cheyney (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Historic Village of Thornton (approx. 1.8 miles away); Yellow House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Glen Mills (approx. 2.2 miles away); Camp Elder Civil War Paroled P.O.W. Camp (approx. 2.4 miles away); Battle of Brandywine (approx. 2.9 miles away); 1704 House (approx. 3.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Fanny Jackson Coppin - Wikipedia
Fanny M Jackson Coppin Marker image. Click for full size.
By The Leprechauns/Waymarkers
2. Fanny M Jackson Coppin Marker
Taken around 2002-2005
. (Submitted on January 30, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
2. Explore PA History - Beyond the Marker. (Submitted on January 30, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
3. Cheyney University website. (Submitted on January 30, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Additional comments.
1. The Naming of Cheyney University:
Contrary to the ambiguous text of the marker the name Cheyney has been associated with this institution of higher learning since 1914, it achieved University Status in 1983 and then changed its name to Cheyney University.
Cheyney University was established on February 25, 1837, through the bequest of Richard Humphreys, making it the oldest institution of higher learning for African Americans.
At its founding in 1837, the university was named the African Institute. However, the name was changed several weeks later to the Institute for Colored Youth (ICY). In subsequent years, the university was renamed Cheyney Training School for Teachers (July 1914), Cheyney State Teacherís College (1951), Cheyney State College (1959), and eventually Cheyney University of Pennsylvania(1983).
Today, Cheyney University students represent a variety
Fanny M Jackson Coppin Marker on the historic Cheyney University quadrangle image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, March 27, 2014
3. Fanny M Jackson Coppin Marker on the historic Cheyney University quadrangle
of races, cultures, and nationalities who receive quality instruction beyond the original vision of Humphreys.
    — Submitted January 30, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

2. Fanny M. Jackson Coppin:
Fanny Jackson Coppin was an African American educator and missionary. She was born an American slave; her freedom was purchased by her aunt when she was 12years old. Fanny Jackson spent the rest of her youth working as a servant for author George Henry Calvert, studying at every opportunity. In 1860, she enrolled in Oberlin College in Ohio, the first college in the United States to accept both black and female students. During her years as a student at Oberlin College, she taught an evening course for free African Americans in reading and writing, and she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in 1865. She became the principal, of the Philadelphia Institute for colored youth (ICY) – later to become Cheyney University. Fanny Jackson Coppin, was the first woman, black or white, to head a coeducational institute of learning in the United States. During her long administration, Coppin involved parents in their children's education, sending them monthly report cards concerning both their academic progress and their conduct. She also
Fanny M. Jackson Coppin c. 1913 image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
4. Fanny M. Jackson Coppin c. 1913
sponsored events where her students and teachers could meet the local and state community leaders.
    — Submitted January 30, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
 
Fanny M Jackson Coppin (Marker Missing) image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, December 15, 2011
5. Fanny M Jackson Coppin (Marker Missing)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 624 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   4, 5. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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