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.
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