Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, a novelist and editor, was born in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Northrup and Sarah Hopkins. Pauline embarked on a literary career at age twenty-four with a musical drama that was performed in Boston, but she had to support herself by working as a stenographer. Hopkins herself wrote carefully researched biographies of famous African American men and women of the abolitionist era. Three of her novels were serialized in the Colored American magazine.
Today this historical site is a residential building.