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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Janie Barrett (1865-1948)
Barrett, the daughter of slaves, graduated from Hampton Institute and founded the first Settlement House in Virginia. Like Jane Addams, she transformed her home into the Locust Street Settlement in 1890, about one year after Hull House. Later she founded a rehabilitation center for black girls in trouble with the law near Richmond, Virginia. This program became a model for treatment services in which social work was primary. After her death the institution was named for her.