Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society Minutes, 1868-1870

The Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society (PFASS) was founded in December 1833 and dissolved in March 1870 following the ratification of the 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  PFASS was founded by eighteen women, including free blacks Margaret...

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Main Author: Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880 (Creator)
Collection:Pennsylvania Abolition Society papers (#0490)
Date:1868-01-01/1870-03-30
Call Number:490
Box Number:Box 10B
Folder Number:Folder 6
Format: Electronic
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Summary: The Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society (PFASS) was founded in December 1833 and dissolved in March 1870 following the ratification of the 14th and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  PFASS was founded by eighteen women, including free blacks Margaretta Forten and her sisters Sarah and Harriet.  The most well-known white female abolitionist affiliated with the PFASS was Lucretia Mott, and Angelina Grimké, another noted female abolitionist, also joined the organization.  The Society was a local chapter affiliated with the American Anti-Slavery Society created the same year but which did not permit women as members.  It is worth noting that PFASS was an interracial organization from the start and that free black women took part in its growth and activities, many of them serving in leadership roles.  Among other activities, the PFASS advocated for emancipation, boycotted products manufactured by slaves, supported the Underground Railroad, and raised funds for the American Anti-Slavery Society.  These are the PFASS meeting minutes for January 1868 to March 1870, the year the society disbanded and ceased to exist.