The legislative reaction to Prudence Crandall's opening of a school for black girls in Canterbury CT in the early 1830's was based on preventing out-of-state free blacks coming into CT for education without local consent, which Crandall certainly didn;t have in Canterbury. It was this so-called Black Law under which she was convicted. Her conviction was overturned on a minor technicality, although the law was upheld as constitutional. She eventually closed the school because of vandalism but not because of the law, which wasn't successfully enforced. A funny thing happened, though. The legislation was widely held to be overreaction, even among many racists. Crandall's most determined prosecutor, Andrew Judson, later became a federal judge and was among the most important figures in deciding that the Amistad mutineers were free and not slaves. The distaste in which Crandall's treatment was held may also have contributed to New England's disgust with to the Fugitive Slave Laws of the early 1850s. Crandall is Connecticut's state heroine. Mine too.\nThanks for sharing this information. I have never heard of Prudence Crandall and all she did to help black girls receive an education. I think her story would make a good movie.