Blake-Grimké House

Blake-Grimké House (HM2GP8)

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N 32° 47.215', W 79° 55.758'

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(side 1)This Charleston double house was built before 1789 by William Blake, a planter and descendant of former Proprietary Governor Joseph Blake. By 1803 Mary Smith Grimké, descendant of Landgrave Thomas Smith, and Judge John F. Grimké, a planter and state Supreme Court justice, and their 11 children occupied the property. Among them were Sarah (1792-1873) and Angelina (1805-1879) Grimké who became leading advocates for equal rights for African Americans and women.
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From 1836-1838 the sisters, the first female agents of the abolitionist movement, traveled the Northeast as lecturers and organizers. In 1837 they helped organize the first national convention of white and black women. Also in 1837 Sarah published a full-fledged argument for women's equal rights. The next year Angelina became the first American woman to address a legislative body, speaking to a committee of the Mass. legislature. Neither sister ever returned to Charleston.
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HM NumberHM2GP8
Year Placed2015
Placed ByCollege of Charleston Friends of the Library
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Date Added Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 600262 N 3628172
Decimal Degrees32.78691667, -79.92930000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.215', W 79° 55.758'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 12.9" N, 79° 55' 45.48" W
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