James Pharmacy located on Pennywise Lane.



Old Saybrook is in the #CTSHPO60 #preservation spotlight today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places is James Pharmacy located on Pennywise Lane. The property is significant for its association with Anna Louise James (1886-1977), the property’s former owner and the first female African-American pharmacist in Connecticut. Anna James graduated from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in 1908 and received her license from the State of Connecticut in 1911. She worked in her brother-in-law's pharmacy beginning in 1912. In 1922, she acquired ownership to the building and continued to work and reside there until she retired in 1967. This site is also significant as the birthplace of James' niece, Ann Lane Petry (1908-1997), a famous Harlem Renaissance writer and author of "The Street," the first novel by an African-American woman to sell over 1 million copies. Ann Petry was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame in 1994.

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