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Angelina Weld Grimké

Angelina Weld Grimké
Angelina Weld Grimké


  • 1880    Angelina Weld Grimké was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • She attended the Boston Normal School of Gymnastics (now Wellesley College).
  • 1902    Angelina began teaching English at Armstrong Manual Training school.
  • 1916    Angelina began teaching at the legendary Dunbar High School.
  • Angelina frequently took classes at Harvard University during the summer.
  • Angelina’s essays, short stories and poems, were published in The Crisis, Opportunity, The New Negro, Caroling Dusk, and Negro Poets and Their Poems.
  • 1916    Angelina wrote Rachel, a three-act drama, for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to rally community support against the film The Birth of a Nation. The play was produced and performed by an all-black cast in Washington, D.C. at the Myrtill Miner Normal School.
  • 1920    Rachel was published
  • 1958    Angelina Welde Grimké died in Brooklyn, New York.

Family Fun Facts:

  • Angelina’s ancestors include slaveholders, abolitionists, European-American slaves, and Midwesterners.
  • Angelina’s father, Archibald Grimké, was a lawyer, the second black to have graduated from Harvard Law School.
  • Angelina’s mother, Sarah Stanley was a white woman from a Midwestern middle-class family.
  • Angelina’s great aunts were the famous abolitionists, Sarah and Angelina Grimké

Biography information obtained from: “Angelina Weld Grimké." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 7 Sep. 2010. Web. 29 Nov. 2010.

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List of Angelina’s Work:

1893    To Theodore Weld on His 90th Birthday

1901    Longing

1902    Beware Lest He Awakes

1909    El Beso

1915    To Keep the Memory of Charlotte Forten Grimké

1917    To the Dunbar High School

1916    Rachel (produced in 1916 and again in 1921)

1919    The Closing Door

1920    Rachel: A Play in Three Acts

1923    The Black Finger

Production History

Rachel was first produced in 1916 by the NAACP at the Myrtill Miner Normal School in Washington DC.

Info about the play Rachel;col1 About 1919 Lynch Law

Additional Information about Angelina and her Family: - Info about Angelina’s Father - Info about Angelina’s Father - Info on Angelina’s Aunts Info on Angelina’s Aunts - Speech made by Angelina’s Aunt and namesake

African American History Timeline:

Critical Articles:

Angelina Weld Grimké
Angelina Weld Grimké

Bernard E. Powers, Jr.
Reviewed work(s): “Archibald Grimké: Portrait of a Black Independent” by Dickson D. Bruce, Jr.
he South Carolina Historical Magazine
Vol. 95, No. 2 (Apr., 1994), pp. 183-185
(Review consists of 3 pages)
Published by: South Carolina Historical Society
Stable URL: - article from the South Carolina Historical Magazine about Angelina’s Father

“The Present State of Black Theatre”
Addell Austin
TDR (1988-)
Vol. 32, No. 3 (Autumn, 1988), pp. 85-100
(article consists of 16 pages)
Published by: The MIT Press
Stable URL: