Happy birthday to Harriet Forten Purvis, an abolitionist, suffragist and woman of color who helped establish the first multiracial women’s abolitionist group.

Harriet Forten Purvis

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.

Harriet Forten Purvis is one of the suffragists featured in the first Ask a Suffragist book, Stories and Wisdom from America’s First Feminists, launching in Spring 2019.

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April Young Bennett

April Young Bennett is the author of the Ask a Suffragist book series, host of the Religious Feminism Podcast and a writer for the Exponent II. For more information about April, see aprilyoungb.com

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Happy birthday to Harriet Forten Purvis, an abolitionist, suffragist and woman of color who helped establish the first multiracial women’s abolitionist group.