Charles Lenox Remond

A barber born to free parents in Salem, Massachusetts, Charles Lenox Remond (1810-73) helped found the New England Anti-Slavery Society in 1833. In the late 1830s, Remond became a paid lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society in several New England states. He attended the 1840 World’s Anti-Slavery Convention in London where he joined other Garrisonian delegates in walking out when women were denied membership. For the next sixteen months, Remond traveled and spoke in the British Isles. After returning to the United States, Remond lectured for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society and often appeared publicly with Frederick Douglass. Their close association ended in 1852 when Remond denounced Douglass for abandoning the Garrisonian interpretation of the U.S. Constitution as a proslavery instrument. Like Douglass, Remond recruited blacks for the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He later worked as a clerk in the Boston Custom House. Pease and Pease, They Who Would Be Free, 46; Les Wallace, "Charles Lenox Remond: The Lost Prince of Abolitionism," NHB, 40:696-701 (May-June 1977); Donald M. Jacobs, "A History of the Boston Negro from the Revolution to the Civil War" (Ph.D. diss., Boston University, 1968), 117; NCAB, 2:303; DAB, 15:499-500.

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