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Charlotte Forten Legacy Room Dedication

Bringing Her Back Home

Please join President John D. Keenan for the Charlotte Forten Legacy Room dedication and ribbon cutting honoring Salem State’s earliest African American graduate Charlotte Forten. 

Charlotte Forten (Salem Normal School 1856) Abolitionist, Advocate, Diarist, Poet, Educator, Translator, Women’s Rights Advocate. Born in 1837 to a prominent Philadelphia African American abolitionist family, for 65 years Charlotte was a tireless advocate for the end of slavery; equality for women and people of color; and education for all. Her life embodied activism and social justice.

Reception to be held at 10 am with remarks at 10:30 in the Sophia Center for Creative and Performing Arts.

Ribbon cutting to follow at 11 am in Meier Hall.

When 12:00pm
Sophia Gordon Center, North Campus
356 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
Charlotte Forten Legacy Room at the Morrissey Lobby

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