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Visitors Look At A Portrait Of Charlotte Vandine Forten In Black Founders Credit Moar

Join Dr. Kerri K. Greenidge, author of The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family and Assistant Professor at Tufts University, on Friday, March 24, for an evening discussion hosted by Museum Director of Education and Community Engagement Adrienne G. Whaley. Celebrating women’s history and discoveries in genealogical research with a focus on abolitionism, suffrage, and education, learn how women in the three generations of the Forten, Grimke, and Douglass families connect the Revolutionary era to present day.

Onsite tickets include evening access to our new special exhibition, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, with in-gallery talks and activities focusing on women's history and The Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society. Plus, through documents, handling objects, and graphics, costumed living historian Hannah Wallace will share stories that connect Charlotte, her daughters Margaretta, Sarah, Louisa, and Harriet, and her granddaughter Charlotte L. Forten. The Museum’s Cross Keys Café will be open with food and drink specials available for purchase. The event includes a hybrid option to the discussion and to participate in the Q&A live from anywhere.

Interested in becoming a Museum Member? New Members will receive complimentary access to the event. The purchase of an event ticket is considered a donation in support of the Museum’s educational programs. Thank you for making it possible to offer this special program.

Event Schedule
5:15-8 p.m. - Black Founders exhibit access, plus talks, living historians, and activities
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Discussion and Q&A, onsite and livestream

About Dr. Kerri K. Greenidge

Headshot of author and professor Dr. Kerri Greenidge

Dr. Kerri Greenidge is the Mellon Assistant Professor in the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University, where she also co-directs the African American Trail Project. She is the author of Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter (2019). Listed by the New York Times as one of its top picks of 2019, the book is the first biography of Boston editor William Monroe Trotter written in nearly 50 years. The book received the Mark Lynton Prize in History, the Massachusetts Book Award, the J. Anthony Lukas Award, the Sperber Award from Fordham University, and the Peter J. Gomes Book Prize from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Black Radical was also short-listed for the Stone Book Award from the Museum of African American History, Boston, the Cundill History Prize, and the Plutarch Award for Best biography. Her most recent book, The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in An American Family (2022) was recently listed as a best book of the year by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, among other publications. Her writings have appeared in the Massachusetts Historical Review, the Radical History Review, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and the Guardian.  

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A father holds his child as they look at the Forten family tree in the Museum's Black Founders exhibit.

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Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia explored the story of James Forten and his descendants as they navigated the American Revolution and cross-racial relationships in Philadelphia to later become leaders in the abolition movement in the lead-up to the Civil War.
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