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*On this date in 1810, Charles Lenox Remond was born. He was a Black abolitionist.
From Salem, Massachusetts, he was the son of free Blacks, John and Nancy Remond. He joined the Anti-Slavery Society and in 1838 became its first African-American lecturer. An outstanding orator, Remond spoke at public meetings in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Pennsylvania. In 1840 Remond went on a lecture tour of Europe and while in England attended the World's Anti-Slavery Convention in London.
During the Civil War, Remond recruited Black soldiers for the Union Army in Massachusetts. After the war he worked as a Boston street light inspector and a clerk in the Boston Customs House. Charles Lenox Remond died in Massachusetts on the 22nd of December 1873.
The Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage
by Susan Altman
Copyright 1997, Facts on File, Inc. New York