Revisited: The Blake-Grimke House in Charleston, SC

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BLAKE – GRIMKE HOUSE

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 Grimke, descendant of Landgrave Thomas Smith, and Judge John F. Grimke, a planter and state Supreme Court justice, and their 11 children occupied the property. Among them were Sarah (1792-1873) and Angelina (1805-1879) Grimke who became leading advocates for equal rights for African Americans and women.

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BLAKE-GRIMKE HOUSE

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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 Angeline 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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The only other time I’ve written about this House was on October 2, 2009. I had started writing the blog that summer as a college class assignment. The search terms for Grimke or the Blake House show this to be a perpetual source of interest.

Sugar and I revisited the house last week. We had heard that a historical marker had been installed. While I was taking photos, Sugar said, “Your people are going to love this.”

You know what they say: your vibe attracts your tribe. I do love that others are interested in the story of the Grimke family.

 

 

4 Responses to “Revisited: The Blake-Grimke House in Charleston, SC”

  1. righteousbruin9 Says:

    Yet another fine reason to visit Charleston. I hope I can make that stop, next summer.

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  2. The Coastal Crone Says:

    Yes, this people loves it!

    Liked by 1 person

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