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ERIC Number: EJ835237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
Janie Porter Barrett (1865-1948): Exemplary African American Correctional Educator
Muth, Bill; Gehring, Thom; Puffer, Margaret; Mayers, Camille; Kamusikiri, Sandra; Pressley, Glenda
Journal of Correctional Education, v60 n1 p31-51 Mar 2009
One problem with the literature of correctional education (CE) and prison reform is that the contributions of African Americans have been generally neglected. This is the first of three essays that will begin to fill that gap. Janie Porter Barrett was an important Virginia leader in the period before and after the turn of the 20th century. She mobilized funds through the Virginia State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs to establish an institution for African American girls outside Richmond, and then became its first superintendent. Throughout her tenure there, Barrett articulated and applied many of the principles that define the modern CE movement. The article includes a context for the work of African American reformers as they are (are are not) represented in the literature of our field, a background biographical sketch on Barrett, some of the themes of her influential career in CE and prison reform, and a summary. The authors learned that the records from Barrett's institution became sealed for 100 years in an effort to protect the reputations of persons who had been confined there during their lifetimes, and they were concerned that this might make information about Barrett's contributions even more inaccessible. They hope the material they were able to access will attract attention to this exemplary correctional educator, and that others will carry on with the traditions Barrett stood for throughout her career.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia