ARCHITECTURE, PLACE AND MEMORY
"And such is the horrible idea that I entertain respecting a life of servitude, that if I conceived of there being no possibility of my rising above the condition of a servant, I would gladly hail death as a welcome messenger. O, horrible idea, indeed! to possess noble souls aspiring after high and honorable acquirements, yet confined by the chains of ignorance and poverty to lives of continual drudgery and toil. Neither do I know of any who have enriched themselves by spending their lives as house-domestics, washing windows, shaking carpets, brushing boots, or tending upon gentlemen’s tables."
Maria W. Miller Stewart (1803-1880) was a free Black woman born in Hartford, CT. Orphaned at age five and twice widowed, she endured a life of servitude in Boston. Stewart became a journalist, public speaker, abolitionist and advocate for Black women’s rights.