Margaretta Forten

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Margaretta Forten

Birthdate: (69)
Death: 1875 (69) (Pneumonia)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Forten and Charlotte Forten
Sister of Harriet Davey Purvis; Sgt. Robert Bridges Forten; Sarah Louisa Purvis; Charlotta Forten; William Deas Forten and 3 others

Occupation: Artist, Teacher
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About Margaretta Forten

Margaretta Forten was secretary of the Female Anti-Slavery Society in Philadelphia in 1845. Her parents, brothers, and sisters were all abolitionists. Margaretta was the daughter of a free-born African-American.


Teacher, abolitionist, suffragist. With her mother and sisters Harriet and Sarah, she was a founding member of the bi-racial Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, of which she served as an officer throughout its history. She taught for at least thirty years; during the 1840s she taught at a school run by Sarah Mapps Douglass, and in 1850 she opened her own school.

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Age 69