Sarah Louisa Purvis

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Sarah Louisa Purvis (Forten)

Birthdate: (70)
Death: 1884 (70) (Consumption)
Immediate Family:

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

Occupation: Poet
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About Sarah Louisa Purvis

African-American poet and abolitionist. From age 17, she composed and published numerous poems and articles for the Liberator under the names of "Magawisca" and "Ada". At least one of her poems, "The Grave of the Slave," was set to music by Black band leader Frank Johnson. She married Joseph Purvis in 1838. When he died in 1857, Sarah moved with her children to the Forten family home.

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Age 70