Sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimke began writing and speaking out for women's rights and the abolition of slavery in the 1830's. They were the first Southern women to speak publicly to mixed crowds of Black and white men and women on political subjects. This was scandalous at the time, and they were barred from speaking in churches. In 1838, after they had rallied an enormous crowd at the Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women in the newly built Pennsylvania Hall in Philadelphia, an angry mob burst into the building and set it on fire.
© 2016 by Katherine Durack, Patterns for Success, LLC
You can crochet this sontag, a civil-war era wrap vest, inspired by a quilt created by an enslaved woman in the fictionalized version of the sisters' lives, The Invention of Wings. The vest is worked in crocheted entrelac evoking the squares of the quilt. The black triangles forming the sontag's border represent blackbirds, symbolic of freedom among American slaves. This civil war garment is suitable for historical reenactments but can be made in finer yarn and worn as a striking contemporary vest or shawl.
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