Newtown Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
1780 - 1845
In 1817, Elizabeth Fry founded the Association for the Improvement of the Female Prisoners in Newgate, a women's prison in Newgate, England. The group was formed to improve the lives of female prisoners. In 1818, Fry testified on prison conditions in front of the House of Commons. Her words and work influenced others to form similar organizations throughout England and Ireland.
This stone cottage was named in recognition of Ms. Fry's service to improve women's lives. The cottage was constructed in 1922 and served as one of six classrooms and dormitories that housed students of Ellis College.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Education • Women.
Location. 39° 59.434′ N, 75° 24.563′ W. Marker is in Newtown Township, Pennsylvania, in Delaware County. Marker can be reached from Charles Ellis Lane 0.4 miles north of West Chester Pike (Pennsylvania Route 3), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3821 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square PA 19073, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Betsy Ross (within shouting distance of this marker); Clara Harlowe Barton (within shouting distance of this marker); Louisa May Alcott (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jane Addams (about 500 feet away); Mary Lyon (about 600 feet away); Newtown Friends Meeting (approx. ¼ mile away); Pratt Springhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Square Inn (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newtown Township.
Additional keywords. prison reform
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