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Emma Louise Jordan Tanner was born in Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, Canada, about 1859. Her father, Samuel Jordan, had escaped from slavery in Virginia on the Underground Railroad to live in Lundy’s Lane, Ontario, Canada. By 1928, Emma Tanner moved to Niagara Falls, New York, and became a noted corset saleswoman in a local department store. Emma Tanner represents the social and economic success, as well as the close ties to family members in Canada, of many children of people who had escaped from slavery.
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