The Grimké Sisters | Carolina Snaps


These two sisters were key factors in the abolition movement in South Carolina and were the first white female abolitionists to be recognized nationally. 

Angelina and Sarah Grimké were raised in Charleston, South Carolina to a slave-owning planter family in the early 1800’s.

In their twenties, the sisters were exposed to Quaker communities in Philadelphia, which were often firm believers in gender equality and abolition. 

After their exposure, the Grimkés started to speak publicly in local forums like “parlor rooms” and such. 

Through time, the sisters spread their activism from abolition conventions, to even collaborating on books like Slavery As It Is: Testimoney of a Thousand Witnesses with Angelina’s husband Theodore Dwight Weld.

Although they were publicly rebuked for not being traditional women and being in such controversial ideas, the sisters are still acknowledged as some of, if not the first white female abolitionists.

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Learn more about the Grimké Sisters from SC Suffragists: The  Grimké  Sisters Thru the Civil War.