Cover of a Book

Property of Sarah Louisa Forten
ca. 1800s

Sarah Louisa Forten was one of three daughters of Charlotte Forten and James Forten, an African American Revolutionary War veteran and wealthy merchant. Charlotte, Sarah, and her two sisters founded the Female Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society together.

Over time, Sarah Louisa Forten became a celebrated writer. In her poem, "An Appeal to Women," she called for racial equality among women.

Museum of the American Revolution.