||Harriet Jacobs was a part of the Civil Rights Movement.|
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Harriet Jacobs was a slave who endured 7 years of hiding in a cramped attic, finally escaping North Carolina in June of 1842 to become an author and activist, best known for her autobiographical work "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl."
She and her daughter Louisa worked on behalf of freed slaves in the Contraband Camps and Hospital of Alexandria, VA.
Harriet's first owner, Margaret Horniblow, died in July of 1825 (recorded).
In 1835, she began her 7 years of hiding.
(frm pg. 192, 199 of Yellin) She was the secretary of the Savannah Educational Association and principal of the Bryan Free School, held in the old Slave Mkt at St. Julian and Bernard Streets. Thus she must also have known Reverend James Ward Porter who was also teaching in Savannah.
Before Frederick Douglass purchased Cedar Hill, his home in Anacostia, he lived in and then rented three adjoining homes in Striver's Row, as that block of T Street, N.W. in Washington, DC was known. Since Harriet and her daughter rented out rooms in the area, they must have met.
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