Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Published 1898

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, PA, United States

Born free, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911) was educated in Baltimore. She left the South in 1852, moving to Philadelphia to join the abolitionist speaker circuit. Gaining prominence as a poet and writer, she spoke at the 1866 National Woman’s Rights Convention—when the American Equal Rights Association was founded. This photograph was published in a book of Harper's poetry.


  • Title: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  • Date Created: Published 1898
  • Publisher: George S. Ferguson Co.
  • Original Source: Library of Congress
  • Rights: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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