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Grimke, Charlotte Forten, House

Washington, District of Columbia
County of District of Columbia.
National Register Number: 76002129
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling.
Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 11, 1976):
From 1881 to 1886, this was the residence of Charlotte Forten Grimke (1838-1914), pioneer black female educator, early supporter of women's rights, writer, and an active abolitionist. She was with the first group of Northern educators to enter the war torn areas of the South, providing instruction to those slaves residing in Union occupied territory. The journal she kept while at Port Royal, South Carolina, provides a vivid picture of her students' progress and growth; her activities encouraged other Northern African Americans to lend their skills in support of the newly freed black population throughout the South.


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