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Charlotte Forten Grimke

(1837-1914 / the United States)

Charlotte Forten Grimke
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Charlotte Louise [citation needed] Bridges Forten Grimké (17 August 1837 – July 23, 1914) was an African-American anti-slavery activist, poet, and educator.

Forten was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Mary Woods and Robert Bridges Forten, members of the prominent black Forten-Purvis families of Philadelphia. Robert Forten and his brother-in-law Robert Purvis were abolitionists and members of the Philadelphia Vigilant Committee, an anti-slavery network that rendered assistance to escaped slaves. Forten's paternal aunt Margaretta Forten worked in the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society along with her sisters Harriet Forten Purvis and Sarah Louisa Forten Purvis. Forten's ... more »

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