Who Was Elizabeth Jennings, and What Did She Do to Promote Civil Rights in New York City?

She was an African-American schoolteacher who fought for the right to ride on a horse-drawn streetcar. In July of 1854 she was violently prevented from boarding a car labeled "whites only" on a Sunday when she was running late to church. Her family and other church congregants helped establish a legal rights association for African Americans that successfully challenged law in court.

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