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Discover the Mary Ann Shadd Cary House

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Mary Ann Shadd Cary was an extraordinary woman, no matter the time period. Academics research the life and achievements of Mrs. Cary, who was born a free African American in 1823. The activity uses primary sources, worksheets, written prompts, and a short speech to help scholars explore what life was like for Mary Cary and the impact of her activism on future generations. Individuals also learn about preservation of historical landmarks such as Mary Cary's house. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Construct a visual timeline of the achievements of Mary Ann Shadd Cary 
  • Compare and contrast Mary's life to other civil rights activists 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson plan may need to be adapted for younger learners
  • Lesson includes additional resources to enhance learning 
  • The resource is appropriate for multiple social studies topics, such women's history or Black History Month 
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