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#OTDIH in 1832, teacher, journalist, abolitionist, lecturer, & women’s rights activist, Maria W. Stewart (1803—December 17, 1879) gave her second public lecture “Why Sit Ye Here & Die” in Franklin Hall in Boston, the meeting site of the New England Anti-Slavery Society.
📸: The cover of the book “Maria W. Stewart, America’s First Black Woman Political Writer: Essays and Speeches” (1987) edited & introduced by Marilyn Richardson.
“Born free in 1803, Stewart was the first known American woman to speak to a mixed audience of men and women, white and Black, she was also the first Black American woman to make public lectures, as well as to lecture about women's rights & make a public anti-slavery speech.”
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