The First Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women (convened 9 May 1837)
On this day in 1837, 75 women delegates convened in New York to discuss their role in the anti-slavery movement.
On behalf of the convention,
Angelina Grimké's "appeal"
addresses women, calling for
them to battle against the
American institution of slavery
Among them were many women who would later be active in the suffrage movement, including including Lucretia Mott; the Grimké Sisters, Angelina and Sarah; and Lydia Maria Child.
Notable among the delegates were five African-American women, including the abolitionist Julia Williams, who had been a student at Prudence Crandall's "School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color," as well as the wives and daughters of slaveholders.
For a detailed account of the convention, click here.