Division of Institutional Advancement

Fanny Jackson Coppin Monument Campaign

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Tara Turner
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Fanny Jackson Coppin Monument

The planned unveiling of the statue scheduled for October 15, 2021 has been delayed due to conditions of the pandemic, and we will have to reschedule the unveiling to a later date. We maintain the same excitement that launched this campaign to erect a monument in honor of our namesake, and we hope you will as well. We are thankful to all who made contributions to this project, and we look forward to updating you once a new unveiling date is determined. In the meantime, we will continue to work toward our fundraising goal of $250,000 for the statue and a scholarship endowment that will assist many of our students. Check back to the website for periodic updates.


Bronze full0body statue of Fanny Jackson Coppin, the woman Coppin State University is named for

We invite you to be part of the history-making event to forever memorialize our University namesake, Fanny Jackson Coppin. This campaign is raising funds to design and construct a life-size, bronze monument of Fanny Jackson Coppin. Planned for a permanent location on campus, this monument will be erected on October 15, 2021.

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

A Monumental Fundraiser

With this monument, we celebrate the life and professional accomplishments of pioneer, educator, and missionary, Fanny Jackson Coppin. 

Who is 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 na

Black and white headshot photo of Fanny Jackson Copin with hair braided with gigham ribbon while also wearing a button up blouse
Photo courtesy of Oberlin College Archives

tion’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.

Your Gift Helps Our Goal 

James "Winky" and Florine "Peaches" Camphor wear yellow Coppin alumni sweatshirts and sunglasses while standing next to President Anthony Jenkins and a miniature bronze statue of Fanny Jackson Coppin
James "Winky" and Florine "Peaches" Camphor kick-off the fund drive with a generous $10,000 donation.

To complete the project, we must raise $250,000 by August 2, 2021. In addition to supporting the monument, a portion of raised funds will go to the Fanny Jackson Coppin Scholarship

We need the community's help to accomplish our goal. We welcome and appreciate individual and group gifts of all sizes. There are several different giving levels to support every budget. 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. Coppin will recognize everyone who donates on the official University website, as well as in other commemorative documents. 

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

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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 

We welcome gifts of any size! Organizations that give $25,000 or more will be recognized on a separate plaque near the statue.