Harriet Jacobs

Harriet Ann Jacobs (1815 - 1897)

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Harriet Ann Jacobs aka Linda Brent
Born in Edenton, Chowan, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Died in Washington, District of Columbia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Oct 2014 | Last significant change: 19 Nov 2018
14:35: Nicolas LaPointe edited the Biography for Harriet Ann Jacobs (1815-1897). [Thank Nicolas for this]
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Harriet Jacobs is Notable.

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).

  • People to connect: her owners, Joshua Coffin, her brother, her parents and gr.mother, ladies of the Abolitionist Societies up north, and friend (?) Mrs. Charlotte Grimké (foundress of The Grimké School?) to whom she left 200 dollars in her will...

In 1835, she began her 7 years of hiding.[1]

(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.


  1. http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/JACOBS/hj-garret.htmM

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Harriet Jacobs by Jean Fagan Yellin
Harriet Jacobs by Jean Fagan Yellin

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Harriet Jacobs House in Cambridge, MA
Harriet Jacobs House in Cambridge, MA


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