Amy Post

Amy Post (1802-89) was born Amy Kirby in Jericho, New York. In 1828 she married Isaac Post, the husband of her deceased sister. In 1836, they moved to Rochester, where they became involved with Garrisonian abolitionism. The Posts often hid fugitive slaves, and Amy acted as vice-president of the American Anti-Slavery society in the 1850s and 1860s. Frederick Douglass first met the couple in 1842 when he stayed at their home during a lecture tour, and their friendship influenced his choice of Rochester as the base for his newspaper, the North Star. In addition to abolitionism, Amy Post participated in a broad range of reforms, including the women’s movement, which began at a convention that she helped to organize in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Nancy Hewitt, Women’s Activism and Social Change: Rochester, New York, 1822-1872 (Ithaca, N.Y., 1984); McFeely, Frederick Douglass, 99, 172; Blake McKelvey, "Civic Medals Awarded Posthumously," Rochester History, 22:10 (April 1960).

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