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Bridge Named for Jew
By Micah Halpern

Sunday October 9, 2022
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A Massachusetts town has renamed a bridge in honor of a pioneering, but little-known Jewish woman writer, who lived there during the 19th century.

Cora Wilburn, whose autobiographical novel entitled “Cosella Wayne” is most likely the first novel published in English by a Jewish woman in America, settled in Duxbury, south of Boston, as an adult and lived there until her death at the age of 82 in the year 1906.

Now, 116 years later, the town of Duxbury has dedicated the Cora Wilburn Bridge in her honor.  They have renamed “Bridge D-14-009(49Q)” in tribute to this trailblazing Jewish woman whose novel and widely published poetry and essays left a mark in religious circles across the country”.

The autobiography “Cosella Wayne” was republished recently alongside a scholarly essay that was written about her by Jonathan Sarna. 

Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, was invited to attend the dedication ceremony of the bridge. He remarked that a bridge was a fitting tribute to a woman who was known for bridging relationships with people different from herself.

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20 October 2022 01:58 PM in Thoughts

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