Grimké Sisters Tour

First female abolitionists and early trailblazers of women’s rights in America

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About The Original Grimké Sisters Tour

Lee Ann and Sue Monk KIdd

Sue Monk Kidd’s bestselling novel, “The Invention of Wings” (Jan. 2014), has brought the story of the Grimké Sisters to light. Though known as unconventional abolitionists and feminists in their day, Angelina and Sarah Grimké have remained obscure in American history and (mostly) unrecognized in Charleston, city of their birth. The popularity of Kidd’s novel led to the creation of this walking tour for  the Preservation Society’s Fall Tours in 2014. The tour sold out at every offering. Due to the success of the tours, the Grimké Sisters Tour is now offered on demand throughout the year.

Growing up in a slave owning family Angelina and Sarah Grimké turned their backs on their home and family to begin a crusade on fighting injustices to women of the day and those enslaved. Follow in the footsteps of these 2 courageous women and discover how life in Charleston was for both the privileged elite and the enslaved masses.

Sue Monk Kidd and former Mayor Riley at historical marker dedication

This 2 hour and 15 minute walk will highlight locations and events from the book, divulge untold stories and complete the tale of the Grimké Sisters Those who have not read the novel enjoy it as much as those who have. 180+ years later these ladies are still influencing current generations.

To register for the tour, go to “Get In Touch” on the website. Please enter your contact information, desired tour date and time, and the number of people in your party. The rate is $25.00 per person with a minimum of 4 people or $100 a tour for groups smaller than 4 people. (Smaller groups can be combined together to reach minimum) Special rates on request for groups larger than 10. Tour starts on the bottom steps of the Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street. Lee Ann will be in touch promptly to arrange your Grimké Sisters Tour.

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After reading and thoroughly enjoying “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd, three friends and I decided to take Lee Ann’s tour of the Grimkés. Her knowledge of Charleston and all its history is absolutely remarkable. More…


Phoenix, AZ

Recently, I read Sue Monk Kidd’s latest book “The Invention of Wings” which is a story about the Grimké family. It wasn’t until I finished the story and read the epilogue that I realized the story was based on fact. The Grimké sisters were very real More… Nancy

Washington, GA

Your walking tour this morning was one of the best and most informative I have ever experienced. I can only imagine the amount of time and research that went into such a stellar presentation. Loved all the visuals, too! More… Maureen

Charleston, SC

Grimké Sisters Biography

A new biography of the Grimké sisters is in the works. The author of this forthcoming book (likely publication date is 2021) is Louise W. Knight.
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To book your Grimké Sisters tour reservation please complete the form below or call Lee Ann Bain at (843)-822-5248. Lee Ann will be in touch with you shortly.