Following George’s death in 1869, the family moved with their mother to Campbellstown, Ohio on the southwestern border of Ohio and eventually settled in Muncie, Indiana where Adorah received most of her primary and secondary education. She became the first African-American woman to graduate from Muncie High School in 1879. Her first teaching experiences were in the Knightstown and Spencer, Indiana area schools. (At that time in history, it was not essential for teachers to have the stringent educational requirements that are mandated today. Although prerequisites in this country changed over time, early teaching was viewed by many as an innate talent and formal training was not necessary).
After the death of their mother, Adorah and her brother, George, eventually relocated to Hamilton County to reside with Margaret, the eldest of the children, who was by then the wife of Eli N. Roberts, a farmer at Roberts Settlement. By 1880, George, age 22, worked as a farm laborer and Adorah, age 19, as a teacher at Roberts Settlement while they lived with Margaret and Eli on their farm.
In 1888, the acquisition of a post secondary education took Adorah to Indiana State Normal School (Indiana State University) located in Terre Haute, Indiana which was well known for educating teachers. Around 1900, George acquired his own farm at Roberts Settlement. Adorah was working as a teacher in Terre Haute at that time and returned in the summers to the countryside to reside with her brother in their home located east of the chapel. Nearby neighbors were the families of brother-in-law, Eli N. Roberts, Eli’s brother, William Penn Roberts and Albert Walden.
For nearly forty years Adorah was an educator and spent most of her life teaching primary grades at the Lincoln School, an all Negro school in Terre Haute. In addition, she served as a principal at Dunbar School. This school was the first tax supported “colored” school in Terre Haute, established in 1869 after the amendment to fund separate schools for “colored” children in Indiana was passed. Miss Knight was also one of the first teachers and second principal at Booker T. Washington School, established in 1887 in District 10 which was located in the southeast area of Terre Haute.
Return stays to the settlement in the summer included participating in local community involvement. She organized an annual Children’s Day Program each June collaborating with Sunday school teachers and the children at the church. The Roberts Settlement Homecoming Association elected her secretary July, 1927. Alongside Reverend L.N. Gilliam, she was a featured speaker, at a Mother’s Day program held at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Noblesville, on May 13, 1934.
February 4, 1938, Adorah L. Knight passed away at Roberts Settlement and is buried in the cemetery behind the chapel alongside her brother, George, who preceded her in death circa 1928. She will not only be remembered for her dedication to the education of children but also revered for her civic activism in improving the conditions of the African-American youth in her community.