Salem Female Anti-Slavery Society Founded

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On this day in 1832, the Salem Female Anti-Slavery Society (SFASS) was founded in Massachusetts. The abolitionist movement in the United States certainly precedes this society, however, this was the first anti-slavery society founded by and for women of color. They raised money to support abolitionist programs and publications and also gave lectures about the horrors of slavery. Whereas some abolitionists believed in a gradual approach, they staunchly supported an immediate end to slavery. In addition to campaigning against slavery, they also were concerned with issues relating to the free black population, such as being able to attend school, segregation and discrimination against blacks. They also worked helping educate and situate newly freed or runaway slaves in northern states. In 1834 they reorganized the SFASS and changed their stance to allow white women to become members. The organization continued until after the civil war, disbanding in 1866; however, many of the members continued to be active in reconstruction era organizations such as the Freedman’s Bureau.

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