Famous People Who Died on December 23
Sarah Moore Grimké
Civil Rights Activist, Women's Rights Activist, Journalist / 1792 - 1873
Abolitionist and feminist Sarah Moore Grimké and her sister Angelina were the first women to testify before a state legislature on the issue of blacks' rights.
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profile name: Jean Harris profile occupation: Educator, Murderer
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profile name: Sarah Moore Grimké profile occupation: Civil Rights Activist, Women's Rights Activist, Journalist
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profile name: George Catlin profile occupation: Painter, Journalist
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profile name: Victor Borge profile occupation: Comedian, Pianist
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profile name: Oscar Peterson profile occupation: Pianist
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profile name: Gerard Kuiper profile occupation: Educator, Astronomer
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