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Born into a wealthy Black abolitionist family in Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaCharlotte Louise Forten became famous in her own right as a writer and poet.
Her grandparents, James, Sr. James Forten was one of the wealthiest blacks in Philadelphia, having amassed a fortune in the sail making business. Charlotte spent much of her youth in Salem, Massachusetts. Like many educated women of her generation, Charlotte became a teacher.
Inshe began teaching at the Epes School in Salem in order to support herself, but a bout with tuberculosis led her to return to her family in Philadelphia two years later. Like her aunt Sarah Forten, Charlotte also developed a passion for writing poetry, many of which focused on antislavery.
During the Civil Warshe wrote essays about her experience as a teacher among southern blacks. Inshe joined black and white northern women who journeyed to the Union -occupied coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina to teach formerly enslaved children.
After gaining his freedom once the war ended, Francis entered the Princeton Theological Seminary. Charlotte also became more involved in missionary activities.
They moved to Washington, D. She died in July in Washington, D. An Historical Encyclopedia, vol. Oxford University Press, ; and Brenda Stevenson, ed.
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