Unitarian Laura Matilda Towne, a white woman, established the first school for freed slaves months after the Civil War began. After her death in 1901, the Penn School continued as a beacon for racial justice. How did the abolitionist ministry of Priestly and Furness influence Towne? How does her story influence us? ~ Panel Presentation delivered on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.