Today in History: The “Bronze Muse” died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On this day 1911, the “Bronze Muse” died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper wrote more than a dozen books, including ‘Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects’; ‘Moses, a Story of the Nile’; and ‘Sketches of Southern Life’.
Harper was the most famous female poet of her day and the most famous African-American poet of the 19th century.
Also a well-known orator, she spoke frequently in public (sometimes twice in one day) promoting equal rights for women and African-Americans.
She was a worker for the Underground Railroad, and in 1896 she helped establish the National Association of Colored Women.