History Women September 15, 2019 at 11:00 am

4 courageous black women in history who pioneered the call for slavery reparations

Ama Nunoo September 15, 2019 at 11:00 am

September 15, 2019 at 11:00 am | History, Women

Belinda Sutton’s tombstone. Photo: Freedom’s Way National Heritage

Belinda Sutton

Belinda Sutton is known as the first black woman to call for slavery reparations in North America. As a freed slave of the Royall Junior household, Belinda was allocated a pension for all the work she did for the household, but she never got paid. Isaac Royall Junior, in his will, allocated funds for Belinda after he fled America in 1775 during the American Revolutionary War. For ten years, she wrote five petitions before she finally got what was due her from her slave master’s descendants.

Belinda’s Petition. Photo: Royallhouse.org


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