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Vintage Voices 2022: Sara Jane Woodson Newton Cohron

October 28, 2022 | 977 views

Sara Jane Woodson Newton Cohron (1853 – 1918)


Sara Jane Woodson Newton Cohron was a very successful teacher in St. Louis and East St. Louis and the founder of the St. Louis Colored Orphans Home (now the Annie Malone Children's Home). Cohron used her influence with the president of Boatmen's Bank to transfer the ownership of the Negro Civil War Veterans Home to the new St. Louis Colored Orphans Home. Cohron was the widow of Professor Charles Newton (portrayed last year by Jared Hennings). Her second husband, Rev. John Lewis Cohron, was pastor of Central Baptist Church of St. Louis, the largest Baptist church in the state of Missouri in the early 1890s.


Sara Newton Cohron - Portrayed by Velva Parker