NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Architecturally Significant, African American, Civil War Era, Federal Government Employees, Female, Hosts of Literary Salons, Radicals, Also of Interest

Charlotte Forten Grimké
(August 17, 1837 – July 23, 1914)

1608 R St. NW, historic Striver's Section neighborhood, DC.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Marked with an historic plaque.

Poet, educator, and abolitionist, Grimké's poems were published during her lifetime in The Liberator and Anglo African, and her essays appeared in the Atlantic Monthly. In the late 1860s until 1878, she worked for the US Treasury Department. She was active in the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church, where her husband was minister. Beginning in 1887, she also opened her home for a weekly Sunday evening salon where participants could discuss literature, music, and other subjects of intellectual interest, as well as issues of civil rights. Her journals were published posthumously.

Year: 1881
This row house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly, "The Gathering of the Grand Army" (poem)