REMOND FAMILY WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE MARKER
On Thursday, June 23, 2022, Suffrage100MA and Hamilton Hall unveiled an historic women’s suffrage marker honoring the legacy of extraordinary activists, the Remond Family at Hamilton Hall in Salem. The marker celebrates the Remond Family’s suffrage and abolition work and encourage passers-by to learn more, and is one of five new Massachusetts marker sites on the National Votes for Women Trail. The project is funded through a grant by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation®, sponsored by the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS)’s National Votes for Women Trail (NVWT), and coordinated by Suffrage100MA.
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Special thanks to our speakers, who included:
Michael Selbst (President of the Board of Directors, Hamilton Hall)
Fredie Kay, Esq. (Founder & President, Suffrage100MA)
Mayor Kim Driscoll (City of Salem)
MA Senator Joan B. Lovely (2nd Essex District)
Representative Paul F. Tucker (7th Essex District)
Caroline Freedman (Office of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren)
Lisa McClure (Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey)
Adelaide Solomon-Jordan (Cousin of Remond Family)
Video used with permission of Hamilton Hall. Video credit to Brad Williams.
THE REMOND FAMILY
An impactful free Black family, the Remond Family was committed to the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage movement, and desegregation of schools in Salem. Parents John Remond (1785-1874), a lifelong member of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, and Nancy Lenox Remond (1786-1867) served as caretakers of Hamilton Hall at the turn of the 19th century, where they also ran their catering business. Well-respected throughout Salem for their culinary skills, hospitality, business acumen, and social advocacy, they raised their eight children to fight for their rights and the rights of others.
Charles Lenox Remond (1810–1873), their eldest child, was among the first Black abolitionist lecturers—and staunchly supportive of women’s right to join the fight. Charles gave anti-slavery speeches throughout the US and abroad, sometimes with his sister Sarah. Sarah Parker Remond (1824-1894) was a stalwart member of the Salem Female Anti-Slavery Society, the New England Anti-Slavery Society, and the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. She gave her first abolitionist address at the age of just 16 and spoke nationally and internationally on the topics of racial and gender equity. She was a speaker at the 1858 National Woman’s Rights Convention in New York. Caroline Remond Putnam (1826-1908), another sibling, was repeatedly mentioned in the abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator, served in leadership positions for the American and Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Societies, and spoke at the 1869 annual meeting of the New England Woman’s Suffrage Association.
The suffrage marker project is funded through a grant by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation®, sponsored by the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS)’s National Votes for Women Trail (NVWT), and coordinated in Massachusetts by Suffrage100MA.
- Boston Globe (Aug. 28, 2022): Markers give suffragists their due: ‘If they did it back then, we can do it now’
- Northshore Magazine (June 22, 2022): North Shore Sites Recognized for Viral Role in Suffrage Movement
- Salem News (July 9, 2022): Salem’s Remond family honored with historic women’s suffrage marker
- WBZ News Radio (May 6, 2022): New Historical Markers Honoring Women’s Suffrage History Trail In MA
Photo Credit: Axie Breen Photography.