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Dedication of the Charlotte Forten Legacy Room at Salem State University
February 28 @ 10:00 am
10 AM: Reception, Sophia Gordon Center
11AM: Dedication, Meier Hall 316
The Charlotte Forten Legacy Room celebrates the life and legacy of Charlotte Louise Bridges Forten. Forten was an abolitionist, educator, writer, poet, translator and women’s rights activist. Her story starts in Philadelphia, where she was brought up in a radical abolitionist family. She traveled to Salem for equal education–Salem Public Schools are thought to be the first in the nation to be integrated–but throughout her life faced inequality due to her race and gender. Forten used her pen to express her outrage and advocate for solutions.