Who was Elizabeth Fry?

This is Elizabeth Fry.

She lived over 200 years ago and helped people in prisons.

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A portrait of Elizabeth Fry.

Key facts

  • Elizabeth Fry was religious and wanted to help people in need.
  • She is most remembered for her work helping people in prison. She visited prisons that were dark, dirty and dangerous. She believed that prisoners should be treated with kindness.
  • She also set up places where homeless people could get food and a place to sleep.

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Did you know?

  • Elizabeth Fry was a Quaker, a member of the Society of Friends, a Christian group.
  • Queen Victoria liked Elizabeth Fry and met her a few times. She gave Elizabeth money to help with her work.
  • Elizabeth had 11 children and 25 grandchildren!
Elizabeth Fry with Queen Victoria.
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