It was 175 years ago this month that Angelina Grimké became the first woman to address an American legislative body when she urged the Massachusetts General Court to support an effort to outlaw slavery in Washington, D.C.
This year in Hyde Park, the community where Grimké and her husband Theodore Weld spent the last years of their lives, she will be honored at the neighborhood’s third annual Women’s History Month Celebration Tea, Hyde Park Main Streets announced Wednesday.
Grimké biographer Louise Knight will speak at the March 9 event, sharing some current research on the famed abolitionist and suffragist, and poet Amy Benson Brown will speak about Archibald Grimké, Angelina Grimké’s nephew and a fellow resident of Hyde Park.
As in past years, the tea will also celebrate the accomplishments of women in the Hyde Park community. Last year’s Women Amongst Us honorees were Angela Menino, first lady of Boston; Kathy Kottaridis, executive director of Historic Boston Inc.; and Maria Farrell, leader of Hyde Park’s Girl Scouts troop.
This year’s honorees are Sharon Grimberg, executive producer of the docudrama “The Abolitionists” on “The American Experience,” produced by WGBH; Tonya Grimes, a historical re-enactor affiliated with the Massachusetts 54th Regiment & Colored Ladies Society; and Martha McDonough, volunteer coordinator for the Neponset River Cleanup.
The tea will take place at Annabelle’s Restaurant at 1300 Hyde Park Ave. from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Tickets are available for a $22 suggested donation.