Happy birthday to Harriet Forten Purvis, an abolitionist, suffragist and woman of color who helped establish the first multiracial women’s abolitionist group.
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Happy birthday to Harriet Forten Purvis, born February 1, 1810. Harriet was an abolitionist, suffragist and woman of color who helped establish the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, a multiracial activist group at a time when most societies were segregated. Harriet made her home part of the Underground Railroad, boycotted food and clothing produced by enslaved people, protested segregated streetcars, and was a key organizer of the National Women’s Rights Convention when it took place in her hometown of Philadelphia in 1854.Join our email list to receive social media shareables honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the milestones along the way and the women and men who made it possible. Learn more about the Centennial Celebration Email List.