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Mary Ann Shadd was born in Wilmington, Delaware on October 9, 1823. There were thirteen children in Mary Ann's family. She was the oldest. When she was ten years old the family moved to Pennsylvania where she attended a Quaker school. The Shadd home was a stop on the Underground Railroad . They provided shelter for slaves who were running away to find freedom. Mary Ann was light-colored and being biracial was an asset to her family both socially and financially. After she graduated from the Quaker school she began a teaching career instructing black children. In 1852 she wrote A Plea for Emigration or notes on Canada West. She moved to Canada and began to teach there. She was the first black woman to edit a newspaper the Provincial Freeman. She married Thomas Cary and they had two children, Sarah and Linton. Unfortunately, her husband died shortly before Linton was born, and she was left with a 3-year-old, a newborn, and his three teen-agers to raise by herself. She completed her studies and became a lawyer at the age of 60. Some say she practiced law in Washington D.C. for four years. Cary was held in high regard by Frederick Douglass, and she worked with Susan B. Anthony to obtain the right to vote for women.