This Day in History: 1863-04-30

Educator and suffragist Sarah J. Tompkins Garnet (née Smith) becomes the first African-American female school principal in the New York City public school system. Sarah began teaching at the segregated African Free School of Williamsburg in 1854, later taking over as principal of Grammar School Number 4. She taught many prominent students, including musician Walter F. Craig. She served as teacher and principal for 37 years. Learn more.