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Harriet A. Jacobs

Harriet A. Jacobs was born into slavery in Edenton, North Carolina, to Delilah Horniblow and Daniel Jacobs. 'Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,' 'Written by Herself,' published in 1861 under the pseudonym Linda Brent, is now ranked with Frederick Douglass's 'Narrative' and William Wells Brown's 'Clotel: Or, The President's Daughter' as a major contribution to the gente of slave narratives. She used her prominence to advantage, helping to create schools for blacks after the Civil War.

Today this historical site is a residential building.


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Cambridge, MA 02138

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