The Grimké Sisters Through The Civil War - The Early Years | Sisterhood: SC Suffragists - Episode 1


Sarah and Angelina Grimké worked tirelessly for both abolition, and women’s suffrage. The Grimké sisters were the first to say, in print, that women deserved to live alongside men with an equal political footing. They were the first to connect abolitionism with feminism.

Sarah and Angelina Grimké are the first South Carolina-related women to publicly and passionately embrace the cause for women’s suffrage. Their story begins in Charleston, South Carolina, where their bond was strong, even from an early age. Their father, John Faucheraud Grimké served as a colonel in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Witnessing the cruel treatment of slaves greatly disturbed Sarah and Angelina Grimké during their childhoods.

In the summer months, the Grimkés would travel to the estate in Belmont, to escape the Charleston heat. Their mother, Mary Smith Grimké was reputed to be the epitome of a cruel slave mistress. After spending time in Philadelphia, the Grimké sisters’ religious experiences would drive them towards fighting for abolition.