Orator, Activist, and Abolitionist
February 1, 1810 – Charles Lenox Remond is born in Salem, Massachusetts to free parents. He will become one of the most prominent of the African American abolitionist crusaders. Charles Remond will begin his activism in opposition to slavery while in his twenties as an orator speaking at public gatherings and conferences in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Pennsylvania. In 1838 the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, will choose him as one of its agents. As a delegate from the American Anti-Slavery Society, he will go with William Lloyd Garrison to the World’s Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1840. He will have a reputation as an eloquent lecturer and reported to be the first Black public speaker on abolition. He will recruit Black soldiers in Massachusetts for the Union Army during the Civil War, particularly for the famed 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry. He will also be active in recruiting for the U.S. Colored Troops. After the Civil War ends, he will work as a clerk in the Boston Customs House, and as a street lamp inspector. He will later purchase a farm in South Reading (now Wakefield), Massachusetts. He will join the ancestors on December 22, 1873.