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Charles Lenox Remond
Abolitionist, Orator
Activist Lecturer
1810 - 1873
1st African to Address the Massachusetts State Legislature to Protest Racial Discrimination

Charles Lenox Remond was one of the earliest black abolitionist speakers.  He was the first born of eight children of his free black parents, John and Nancy Remond. His parents were from the Caribbean, and both hairdressers and caterers.  He was from a large family of African entrepreneurs, including a sister, Caroline, who owned the largest wig factory in the state.

At the age of 17, he began his career as a public speaker on behalf of the antislavery movement, and was later joined by his sister, Sarah Parker Remond.

1838 Anti-Slavery Society
In 1838, he joined the Anti-Slavery Society, ran by William Lloyd Garrison and became its first African lecturer.  He was an outstanding orator and spoke a public meetings across the Northeast.  He also toured as an anti-slavery lecturer with Frederick Douglass.

1840 Acclaim and
Applause in Europe
In 1840, Remond traveled with William Lloyd Garrison to the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London.  Instead of returning immediately to the United States, he went on a lecture tour throughout England, Scotland and Ireland delivering antislavery messages and drumming up financial support for abolitionist publications. 

1841 Jim Crow Laws in
Force in the United States
Upon Redmond’s return to the United States, Remond suffered discriminatory Jim Crow practices.  In 1842, he was the first African American to address the Massachusetts state legislature to protest racial discrimination on railroads and steamboats.

Family Life
1850: Marries Matilda (Williams) Cassey, the widow of wealthy Philadelphia barber Joseph Cassey, with whom she had eight children.  She died in 1856.

During this period, Remond and his sister, Sarah Parker Remond, joined forces on the lecture circuit.

1858: Marries Elizabeth Magee, with whom he had four children: Amy Matilda, Charles Lenox Jr, Wendell Phillips, and Ablert Ernest Remond.  Elizabeth died in 1871, followed by Remond in 1873.

1861: Civil War: Recruits for
All-Black Infantry

During the Civil War, Remond joined other black abolitionist men, including Frederick Douglass, in the recruitment Black soldiers for the all-black Masschusetts infantry of the Union Army.

1865: After the Civil War
After the war, Remond continued to deliver public lectures protesting racism. A staunch opponent of segregation of any kind, Remond joined the American Equal Rights Association in 1867.  He also worked as a Boston street light inspector and a clerk in the Boston Customs House.

During the period, after the civil war, he consistently pushed for civil rights for Africans, despite the fact that he suffered ill health until his death in 1873.