“Make me a grave where’er you will…but not in a land where men are slaves.” -Frances E.W. Harper, 1858

Make me a grave where’er you will,

In a lowly plain, or a lofty hill;

Make it among earth’s humblest graves,

But not in a land where men are slaves.

-Frances E.W. Harper, 1858

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born on September 24, 1825. She began her activist work as an abolitionist, but after losing her farm due to sexist laws, she joined the women’s rights movement as well, where she was a bold voice in opposition to racial prejudice within the women’s rights movement.

Frances is one of the suffragists featured in the first Ask a Suffragist book, Stories and Wisdom from America’s First Feminists and graces its cover. Get it today!

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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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"Make me a grave where'er you will...but not in a land where men are slaves." -Frances E.W. Harper, 1858