Sarah Jane Foster and the Frederick Cobb Family Home

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Sarah Jane Foster and the Fredrick Cobb Family Home

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6 Eastern Promenade, corner of Atlantic Street

Sarah Jane Foster (1839-1868), a young woman from Gray, worked as a hired girl for the family of Frederick Cobb, a railroad engineer, in 1864. Her published diary and letters about her experiences as a teacher of the freed slaves in the South from 1865 to 1868 reveal a woman who expected to be self-sufficent and to act on her beliefs. She also viewed herself as a writer and published poetry, stories, and letters from the South in the Zion’s Advocate, visiting its offices at 82 Exchange Street. For the experiences of her sister Emma in Portland, 1864 (site M21).