We discovered interesting information when reviewing transcripts of our projects on the Smithsonian Transcription Center. While reviewing transcriptions of the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School autograph book, we discovered the signature of Angelina Weld Grimké.
Angelina was a poet, teacher, journalist, and playwright who was the only daughter of Archibald Grimké and Sarah Stanley. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1880 and moved to Washington, DC with her father after graduating from Boston Normal School of Gymnastics. Ms. Grimké began teaching at Dunbar High School in early 1900s. In 1923 she signed the autograph book of student Ella B. Pearis.
Angelina is mostly celebrated for her poetry and 1916 play: Rachel. She is also acknowledged as an inspiration to various artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Angelina left Washington, DC after the death of her father in 1930 and moved to New York where she died in 1958.
Thanks to the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers who help us make treasures like Grimké’s signature buried deep within our collections discoverable!
Learn more about Angelina Weld Grimké, here.