Women's Activism NYC

Sarah Grimke

1792 - 1873

By: Genan Ismail | Date Added:

Sarah Grimke and her sister Angelina were among the first women who spoke out against slavery. They were also the first women to testify before a state legislature on the issue of black's rights. Growing up in a well established, slave-holding family, Sarah and Angelina Grimke both developed anti-slavery sentiment at a young age. Frustrated by their surrounding, they moved to Philadelphia where they lectured to anti-slavery meetings in the late 1830s despite the harsh criticism. Their abolitionist letters, their appearance at the Anti-Slavery Convention in New York, and their public speaking tour in New England encouraged other women to speak out for abolition and women's rights as well.

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