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Charlotte Louise Forten was sent to Salem by her family in Philadelphia to attend Salem's desegregated schools. She stayed with the family of John Remond on Brown Street, a successful business man and abolitionist who was affiliated with William Lloyd Garrison.


Charlotte attended the Higginson Grammar School in Salem, and then

became the first African American woman to graduate from the Salem Normal School (today, Salem State University), which was a teacher training school for women.


Charlotte's first teaching position was at the Epes Grammar School in Salem.  After the war, she traveled to South Carolina to teach the children of freed slaves.


Charlotte was a member of the bi-racial Salem Female Anti-Slavery Society along with her good friend Sarah Parker Remond.


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Charlotte Louise Forten Grimké


Born: 1837, Philadelphia

Died: 1914, Washington, D.C.