Born into a free black family during Reconstruction, the Rollin sisters played a pivotal role in advancing women's suffrage in South Carolina. Frances, Lottie, and Louisa were prominent activists. Frances challenged discrimination on a steamboat and won a court case. They founded a school for black children, later relocating due to funding issues. Lottie became the first black woman to address the state legislature on women's suffrage. Frances married civil rights activist William J. Whipper, and with his aid, the sisters left a profound impact on the state's legislature.