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Archibald Grimke

Taken probably at the time when Archibald had a legal practice in Boston.

Archibald, Francis and John Grimke, brothers

Archibald, Francis and John Grimke are sons of Henry Grimke, slave-owner, and Nancy Weston, his children’s nurse, and one of his slaves. Henry was the brother of Sarah Moore Grimke and Angelina Grimke Weld. Henry’s wife, Selina (nee Simmons), died in 1843, and after that a relationship of affection developed between Henry and Nancy, despite the fact Henry never wavered in his support of the slavery system. Read more

Angelina Grimke Weld

Sarah Moore Grimke’s younger sister, married to Theodore Dwight Weld, another abolitionist. They published a record of the evils of slavery in “American Slavery As It Is”. ┬áThe evidence is comprised of personal accounts of eye-witnesses, including those who were victims. Angelina was the first woman to address the Massachusetts legislature in 1836. She wrote the anti-slavery pamphlet: A Letter to the Christian Women of the South – which, although sent down to the Charleston Post Office, were burnt by a mob outside.

Sarah Moore Grimke

The elder of two sisters, who were abolitionists and advocates of women’s rights. Her father was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina, having been in the Continental Army as a Colonel during the Revolutionary War. Sarah and her younger sister, Angelina, had to leave Charleston and move up north. They campaigned against slavery. Their position is unique because they had had personal experience of examples of cruelty against slaves.

Theodore Drayton Grimke, Senior

This is a portrait painted of my great-great grandfather, when he and his wife, Emma, were on honeymoon in Paris. He had trained there as a doctor. They stayed in Charleston until just before the Civil War. In the house at 64 South Battery, where my great-grandfather was born. He took a photo of the house in 1891 and with a cross pointed out the window of the room where he was born. In the late 1850s Theodore and Emma and their family moved to Liverpool, England, where he took up a position in his father-in-law’s coal-mining company.

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