Anna J. Cooper House; 201 T Street, NW
Cooper (1858-1964) taught Latin, math and science at M Street High School (and Dunbar, when the school was renamed) for nearly forty years. From 1901 to 1906, she was Principal of the school. During her tenure as Principal, she broke the Ivy League barrier, gaining assurances from Harvard, Yale, and Brown Universities that her graduates would be considered for admittance if they passed an entrance examination.
This unique house of yellow brick sports a wooden trim painted burgundy and green. There are porches on two sides with corkscrew columns, and a detached octagonal sun room on one corner. The house is marked by an historic plaque.
Cooper lived at this address from 1916 through her death at age 105. From 1930 to 1937, this was the site of many of the classes offered by Frelinghuysen University as well, when Cooper served as the university's second president. The school offered night classes to adult African-Americans whose work schedules might not otherwise permit them to attend school. She continued her own studies throughout adulthood, becoming the fourth African-American woman to earn a PhD in 1925, at the age of 66.
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