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Fanny Jackson Coppin Monument

The Fanny Jackson Coppin Monument
Coppin State University is proud to announce the dedication of a life-size, bronze monument of Fanny Jackson Coppin, our namesake. The monument will be erected in a prominent location on the campus on October 15, 2021. We invite you to be a part of this history-making event where she will have a permanent and physical presence.
We are excited to honor the life and legacy of a woman who pioneered the way for African-Americans to receive an education. She is worthy of this great honor, and there is no better institution to carry out this vision than Coppin State University. She was a trailblazer, and her work still influences and inspires our mission.
“Love wins when everything else will fail.”
- Fanny Jackson Coppin
Model of the Fanny Jackson Coppin statue

Help Us Reach Our Goal

Our goal is to raise $250,000 by August 2, 2021, to complete the project. A portion of the funds raised will also be used to enhance the Fanny Jackson Coppin scholarship. Gifts from the external community are integral to the success of this endeavor. There are a variety of giving levels to choose from, and donors who give $1,000 or more by August 2 will have their name engraved on a plaque that will be placed near the monument. Gifts of all sizes are welcomed and appreciated. All donors will be acknowledged on our website and in other commemorative documents.

To ensure full recognition, your gift must be received by August 2, 2021. Your gift is 100% tax deductible.

Contribute Online  Contribute by Mail

Checks should be made payable to CSUDF and mailed to 2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21216.

Individual Giving Levels

$10,000+ Pioneer Level
$5,000-$9,999 Educator Level
$3,000-$4,999 Missionary Level
$1,000-$2,999 Foundation Level
$1-$999 Supporter Level

Group and Organization Giving

Organizations that give at the $25,000 level will be recognized on a separate plaque near the statue.

Fanny Jackson Coppin

Pioneer · Educator · Missionary

Image of fanny Jackson Coppin

A teacher, principal, lecturer, missionary to Africa, political activist, and warrior against oppression, Fanny Jackson Coppin conquered overwhelming obstacles and became an educator who lifted up generations of African-Americans.

Freed from slavery as a child, Coppin believed in the power of education to lift up African-Americans. She dedicated her life to this mission. In 1865, she became one of the first African-American women in the nation to earn a college degree (Oberlin College in Ohio). While at Oberlin, Coppin established a special school with evening classes to teach freed slaves. In 1869, Coppin became the nation’s first African-American woman to be appointed a school principal while at the Institute for Colored Youth (ICY) in Philadelphia (the forerunner of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania). A few years later, she was promoted by the Philadelphia Board of Education to superintendent, becoming the nation’s first African-American superintendent of a school district.

During her 37 years at the Institute, Coppin was responsible for expanding its curriculum significantly, recognizing that African-Americans were being excluded from higher-paying technical and industrial jobs.

In 1881 she married the Reverend Levi Coppin, pastor of Baltimore’s Bethel A.M.E. Church, and together they were a driving force in Black America. She accompanied her husband, who had become a bishop to Cape Town, South Africa, where she was a missionary, counseling African women. She died in 1913 at age 76.

Fanny Jackson Coppin is the namesake for Coppin State University. In 1926, the Baltimore Normal Department of the Colored High and Training School were permitted to change their name to Fanny Jackson Coppin Normal School. In 1939, the name was changed to Coppin Teachers College, eventually becoming Coppin State University in 2004.

Photo courtesy of Oberlin College Archives

Thank You for Making History

Thank you for your part in this major effort in the history of Coppin State University.

Goal Status: $129,504.68 of $250,000


President Jenkins and the Camphor's with the model of the Fanny Jackson Coppin statue

James "Winky" and Florine "Peaches" Camphor kick-off the fund drive with a generous $10,000 donation.