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date: 19 September 2020

Jeffrey, Hester C. Whitehurstlocked

(1843–2 Jan. 1934)
  • Susan Goodier

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Jeffrey, Hester C. Whitehurst (1843–2 Jan. 1934), suffragist, social reformer, and human rights activist, was born in Norfolk, Virginia to free, mixed race parents Robert and Martha Pitts Whitehurst. It is not clear where she received her education. By 1860 Hester and two siblings had moved to the home of their maternal uncle, Coffin Pitts, in Boston. Pitts, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, had participated in resisting the arrest of ...

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