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
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