Julia Williams was born in Charleston, SC on July 1, 1811. Her family moved to Boston, MA when she was a child and she was 21 years old when she traveled to Canterbury to be a student at Prudence Crandall's Academy. After the Academy closed, Williams went to study at the Noyes Academy in New Canaan, NH, which in 1835 met the same fate as the Canterbury Female Boarding School.
She was an outspoken advocate of abolition and African-American rights. She attended the Anti-slavery Convention in New York in 1837 and again in 1839 as a delegate from Boston. Williams married Henry Highland Garnett, a fugitive slave, minister, and prominent leader of the abolitionist movement. In 1852, Julia and Henry traveled to Jamaica as missionaries, where Julia headed a Female Industrial School. After the Civil War, Julia worked with freedmen in Washington, D.C. She died on January 7, 1870 at the age of 59.
- Students at Prudence Crandall's School for African-American Women