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Julia Griffiths (21 May 1811 - 1895)[1] was a British abolitionist who worked with the American freed slave Frederick Douglass. The two met in London, England, during Douglass' tour of the British Isles in 1845-47. In 1849, Griffiths joined Douglass in Rochester, New York, and edited, published and promoted his work. She was one of six founding members of the influential Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society.[2] She is most noted for publishing Autographs for Freedom,[3] an anthology of anti-slavery literature. In 1854, there were unfounded accusations, leveled by William Lloyd Garrison, that Douglass and Griffiths engaged in infidelity.[4] Griffiths returned to England in 1855, where she continued to organize ladies' anti-slavery societies, write columns for Douglass's newspapers, and raise funds for the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Sewing Society, later called the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery and Freedmen's Aid Society. In 1859, she married Henry O. Crofts, a Methodist minister and former missionary in Canada. After her husband's death, Crofts ran a school for girls in St. Neots.[5]


  1. ^ National Archives, London, England. 1871 England Census, South Ward, Gateshead,England, p. 41.
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  3. ^ - Online Text of "Autographs for Freedom"
  4. ^ The Mind of Frederick Douglass By Waldo E. Jr. Martin
  5. ^ Edwin Palmer, "A Partnership in the Abolition Movement", University of Rochester Library Bulletin, 25, 1 & 2: (Autumn & Winter 1971).
  • Frank E. Fee Jr., "To No One More Indebted: Frederick Douglass and Julia Griffiths, 1849-63," Journalism History 35, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 12-26.
  • Meaghan M. Fritz and Frank E. Fee Jr., "To Give the Gift of Freedom: Gift Books and the War Slavery," American Periodicals 23, no. 1 (2013): 60-82.

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