Lansing in Ingham County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fannie Richards 1840-1922
Fannie Richards helped initiate the fight for educational equality that led to a landmark 1869 Michigan Supreme Court decision abolishing segregation in the Detroit public schools. She began her 50-year teaching career as a Detroit teacher in 1865. In 1872, Richards taught the city’s first kindergarten class at the newly integrated Everett Elementary School.
Along with other women from Detroit’s Second Baptist Church, Richards established the Phillis Wheatley Home for Colored Ladies to shelter the elderly poor. She was also active in the Detroit Study Club and served as president of the Michigan Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs.
Location. 42° 44.042′ N, 84° 33.145′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker can be reached from North Washington Square, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is embedded in the sidewalk in front of 111 North Washington Square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 North Washington Square, Lansing MI 48933, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Herbert Henry Dow 1866-1930 (a few steps from this marker); Joe Louis Barrow 1914-1981 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lansing Labor Holiday (about 300 feet away); Stevie Wonder b. 1950 (about 400 feet away); Helen Thomas B. 1920 (about 400 feet away); Michigan State Capitol / Michigan's Three Capitols (about 500 feet away); Central United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away); First Regiment Michigan Engineers (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
Also see . . . Fannie Richards, from the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. (Submitted on June 15, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Women •
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