Sarah Parker Remond (1826–1894)
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On 29 December 1858, Sarah Parker Remond sailed from Boston to Liverpool. Samuel J. May, a fellow abolitionist, was aboard the same vessel. They arrived in the English port on 12 January 1859. Sarah was following the route taken by many earlier black abolitionists. Her gender, however, marked her as different. Sarah Parker Remond was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1826 to John and Nancy Remond, two freeborn blacks. She was the second youngest of ten children and 16 years younger than her brother, Charles Lenox Remond. Before travelling to England, Sarah was known and respected on the abolitionist circuit, being regarded as a ‘zealous and able anti-slavery lecturer’. She was an active member of the Salem Female Anti-Slavery Society, and, in 1856, she had been appointed an agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.