|Sarah Parker Remond 1826-1894. Photo Credit Wikipedia|
Sarah Parker Remond, sister of orator Charles Lenox Remond, was a formidable orator and abolitionist in her own right. Born 6 JUN 1826 in Salem, Massachusetts, she was one of eight children born to free blacks John and Nancy Remond. The Remond’s were very successful in Salem with catering, provisioning and hairdressing endeavors.
In 1835 Sarah and a younger sister passed the necessary exams to enter the Salem Higher Education School, but the girls were forced to leave because of the racist Board. Frustrated, the Remond family left moved to Newport, Rhode Island, where the girls attended a private school for Blacks. Sarah’s father continued to lobby and fight the Salem School Board until 1841, when the decision was reversed, and the school was open to all.
In 1853, while attending an opera in Boston, Sarah was forcibly withdrawn and pushed down a flight of stair, because she refused to sit in a segregated section of the audience. She had paid the same price for her ticket, and was going to sit where she wanted. She sued and won. She was awarded $500.00. She proved that she was wronged.
In 1856, Sarah and her brother, Charles, and Susan B Antony became traveling orators for the American Anti-Slavery Society. Sarah went on to be one of the society’s most eloquent, powerful and persuasive speakers. In 1858 she was invited to take the society’s message to Great Brittan. She arrived in Liverpool, England in January 1859 and never returned to the United States.
The English were impressed by the genteel, eloquent, educated black women – “a lady every inch” – who always drew crowds when she spoke.She was instrumental in raising large sums of money for the anti-slavery cause. After the war, she spoke about the plight of the Freedmen, and collected money and clothing for them. She was a member of the London Emancipation Society and the Freedman’s Aid Association in London.
While in Europe, Sarah continued her education studying French, LAtin, music, history, and public speaking at the Bedford College for Women. At 42 years old, Sarah decided to continue her education and started medical school in Florence. She passed away on 13 DEC 1893 in Florence.
On 24 DEC 1859, just 22 days after the hanging of John Brown, a review of one on Miss Remond’s rousing speeches was written up in the Leeds Mercury Newspaper, published 3 times a week in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
“Sarah Parker Remond (1826-1894)”. Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia. vol II M-Z. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 1993. pp. 972–974. ISBN 0926019619. http://www.pinn.net/~sunshine/whm2002/remond.html. Accessed 12 DEC 2010
Civil War Women Blog, “Sarah Parker Remond” http://www.civilwarwomenblog.com/2006/11/sarah-parker-remond.html
Accessed 12 DEC 2010
BlackPast.org “Redmond, Sarah PArker (1824-1894) http://www.blackpast.org/?q=aah/remond-sarah-parker-1824-1894
Accessed 12 DEC 2010