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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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But the letter didn't slow Grimké down. The sisters often spoke as many as six times a week and never lacked for an audience.
Even following Angelina's marriage to Theodore Weld in 1838, the sisters continued to live and work together. Over the next few decades, they worked as teachers at one of Weld's schools. When the Civil War erupted, they supported the Union cause, and eventually lived to see their dream of abolition come to pass. Grimké died on December 23, 1873, in Hyde Park,
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