In honor of Charlotte Forten, Salem State's first African-American graduate, Class of 1856, please consider donating to support Salem State students with four $500 book vouchers and future programming in honor of Charlotte.
Charlotte Forten (Salem Normal School 1856) abolitionist, writer, poet, educator, translator, women’s rights advocate. Born in 1837 to a prominent Philadelphia African American abolitionist family. 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.