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Public Lectures on Slavery, were delivered in the Methodist Meeting House, in this town, on the evening of the 1st inst. and yesterday afternoon, by Angelina E. Grimke. We were not able to be present at the latter. At the former, there was a great crowd, the house being literally packed full, in every place, where a person could sit or stand, and more went away who could not get in, than there were in the house. The lecture lasted about two hours, during which, the undivided attention of the audience was given, and all appear to have been well satisfied with the lecture.

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Angelina Grimke (1805-1879) and her sister Sarah (1792-1873) were the first women in the United States to publicly argue for the abolition of slavery. Cultured and well educated, Angelina had moved from her father's large plantation in South Carolina to join her sister in Philadelphia in 1829. The sisters were touring the northeast in 1837, which is when Angelina spoke in Greenfield, Massachusetts, to a packed house at the Methodist Church. In 1838, Angelina became the first woman to address a legislative body when she spoke to the Massachusetts State Legislature on women's rights and abolition.
The Gazette & Mercury was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 27, 1837 to July 13, 1841, when it changed its name to the Gazette & Courier.


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"Public Lectures on Slavery" article from Gazette and Mercury newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Mercury
date   Oct 17, 1837
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
width   4.25"
height   2.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.037

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