My Contribution: In the generation after the American Civil War, I was part of the Benevolent Society, which constructed a monument at Lincoln Cemetery to honor African Americans of Dauphin County who served their country in war.

My Legacy: I left behind an important monument in the region to honor Black soldiers. This lasting monument continues to honor veterans past and present.

“This monument honors Dauphin County African Americans who served in all wars. Its construction was made possible by the Benevolent Society, composed of Jane Chester, Laura Robinson, Catherine McClintock….” — John W. Scott, African Americans of Harrisburg.

Full Name: Laura Robinson

Birth Date: September 1850 (1900 Federal Census)

Death Date: November 1904

Place of Birth: Virginia

Sex: Female

Race: Black (1880 and 1900 Federal Censuses)

Places of Residence: Virginia: 314 Calders Farm, Virginia; Harrisburg: 1184 S. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Connection to the Old Eighth Ward: Friends of many in Eighth Ward

Family Members: Husband: Marshall Rob- inson. Children: Robert Robinson, Liza Robinson, Matilda Robinson, Marshall Rob- inson, Jr., Harry Robinson, Laura Robinson, John Robinson, Annie Robinson, Henry Robinson, and Rose Robinson

Education: Could not read or write

Occupations: Keeping home, Mother

Church Membership: Second Baptist Church

Activism: Was part of the Benevolent Society that worked to create a monument for Black veterans in Harrisburg

Connections: Jane Chester, Catherine McClintock, Benjamin Foote, James Stocks, and Joseph Popel