Woman of the Century/Sarah Moore Grimke

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GRIMKÉ, Miss Sarah Moore, reformer, born in Charleston, S. C., 6th November, 1792, died in Hyde Park, N. Y., 23rd December, 1873. She was a daughter of the famous jurist, John Faucheraud Grimké. After her father's death, in 1819, Sarah and her sister, Angelina, freed their slaves and left their home. They could not endure the scenes connected with slavery, and they sought more congenial surroundings. Sarah went to Philadelphia, Pa., in 1821. She became a prominent anti-slavery and woman's rights advocate. She lectured in New England, and then made her home with her sister, who had become the wife of Theodore D. Weld and was living in Belleville, N. J. Sarah taught in Mr. Weld's school. Among her published works are "An Epistle to the Clergy of the Southern States," an anti-slavery document, in 1828; "Letters on the Condition of Woman and the Equality of the Sexes" (Boston, 1838), and a translation of Lamartine's "Joan of Arc" (1867). She was a woman of great force and directness of character.