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Ladies of Distinction: Savannah's African-American Heroines
Ladies of Distinction
In this 45-50 minute program three prominent local Savannah women are depicted, Jane Deveaux, Mother Matilda Beasley and Emma Quinney.

Jane Deveaux defied the law and taught slave children in her home. Audience learns how she accomplished this feat for thirty years without getting caught by the patrolmen.

Mother Matilda Beasley is remembered for teaching slaves children in her home as well. She was a giving women who started an orphanage to house the colored children in Savannah who had no place to go.

What was it like for students 100 years ago? Students learn the rules of the classroom. They have an oral arithmetic lesson, a spelling bee and history lesson. Remember to mind your manners; you do not want to let Miss Emma Quinney catch you breaking one of the class rules. Students of today who step into the classroom of Miss Quinney are in for a unique experience that they will never forget.

Program Introduction


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