February 3rd marks the death of the most famous Haitian refugee in Baltimore, Elizabeth Lange (1784-1882). Lange was born in Saint Domingue and immigrated to Cuba with her parents during the revolution. They later settled in Maryland, where the young woman established a school for black children. In 1829, Lange and two other Haitian-born teachers established the first order of black Catholic nuns in the United States, the Oblate Sisters of Providence.
For more information on Mother Lange, visit the Digital Schomburg.