Charlotte Forten Grimké House

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Charlotte Forten Grimké House
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Charlotte Forten Grimké House is located in Washington, D.C.
Charlotte Forten Grimké House
Location 1608 R St., NW., Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′45″N 77°2′13″W / 38.91250°N 77.03694°W / 38.91250; -77.03694Coordinates: 38°54′45″N 77°2′13″W / 38.91250°N 77.03694°W / 38.91250; -77.03694
Area less than one acre
Built 1881
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 76002129[1]
Added to NRHP May 11, 1976

The Charlotte Forten Grimké House is a historic home in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C., United States. From 1881 to 1886, the house was owned by Charlotte Forten Grimké (1837–1914), an abolitionist and educator, one of the first Northerners to enter Union-controlled areas of the South during the American Civil War in order to teach freedmen and their children.[2]

Grimké was the first African American to teach former slaves in the South, at the South Carolina Sea Islands. Following the Civil War, she was known as a supporter of women's rights, including suffrage; and as a teacher and writer. In 1894 she was co-founder of the Colored Women's League.

She published poetry expressing her activism before the war. Her journals, reprinted in the 1980s, are significant as works by a free black woman in the antebellum North. The house, located at 1608 R Street NW, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Grimke, Charlotte Forten, House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  3. ^ "Women in the Abolition Movement: Historic Sites in Washington, D.C.". National Women's History Museum. Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  4. ^ "Only a Teacher: Schoolhouse Pioneers". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 

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