Quotation by Anna Julia Cooper

I see two dingy little rooms with "FOR LADIES" swinging over one and "FOR COLORED PEOPLE" over the other; while wondering under which head I come, I notice a little way off the only hotel proprietor of the place whittling a pine stick as he sits with one leg thrown across an empty goods box; and as my eye falls on a sample room next door which seems to be driving the only wide-awake and popular business of the commonwealth, I cannot help ejaculating under my breath, "What a field for the missionary woman."
Anna Julia Cooper (1859–1964), African American educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 1 (1892).

Cooper was the well-educated, well-travelled daughter of a former slave and her white master.
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