Friends of the Prudence Crandall Museum’s purpose is to assist in the preservation
and interpretation of the Prudence Crandall Museum, to encourage and promote visitation,
and to enhance the public’s appreciation of this truly unique landmark. We work jointly
with the State of Connecticut Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic
and Community Development.
Prudence Crandall was the elder daughter of Quaker parents from Rhode Island and
one of four children.
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Prudence Crandall is Connecticut’s Official State Female Hero.
Prudence Crandall founded the 1st academy in New England for African-American women,
Prudence Crandall lived in Elk Falls, Kansas until her death in 1890. She is buried
in the Elk Falls cemetery (green box in above map). This hand-colored lithograph
map was published in 1887. Friends purchased a copy of this map and donated it to