Watch actor and story-teller, Gigi McGraw, bring to light the life and work of two 19th century African-American activists!
- Harriet Forten Purvis (Hattie) (1810 – 1875) was an African American abolitionist and first generation suffragist. With her mother and sisters, she formed the first biracial women’s abolitionist group, the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society. With her husband, Robert Purvis, she was an active part of the Underground Railroad in the North.
- Her niece, Charlotte Forten Grimké (1837 – 1914) became a member of the Salem (Massachusetts) Female Anti-Slavery Society, and occasionally spoke to public groups on abolitionist issues. She was a poet, journalist and teacher. Her writings about her time educating former slaves in the North Carolina Sea Islands during the Port Royal Experiment were published in the Atlantic Monthly.
You will learn about Gigi’s research, watch her perform excerpts from biographies, diary and journal entries and participate in a Q & A. She will highlight some of the noteworthy contributions of these two great women, as well as a few of their close relations and contemporaries.
Bring your dessert and favorite beverage for this combination story time and conversation!
Presenter: Gilletta “Gigi” McGraw