Athenaeum to host free program on noted Salem abolitionist

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 By Stewart Bishop, Town Correspondent

A talk will be given on the life of abolitionist and noted Salem resident Sarah Parker Remond at the Salem Athenaeum on Friday, August 5, by author Marilyn Richardson, a former Harvard and MIT professor as well as past curator of Boston’ s Museum of African American History.

Redmond was a 19th century physician, lecturer and anti-slavery advocate. In the course of her work for the American Anti-Slavery Society, Redmond traveled throughout the United States and Europe speaking out publicly about the evils of slavery. In the course of her life, she also helped rally support for the Union side during the Civil War, spoke out for women’s rights and became involved in the cause for Italian unification.

According to the Athenaeum, the recent documentation of the location of Remond’s unmarked grave in Italy has led to a plan to install a plaque in her honor.

Richardson, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, is a nationally recognized expert on African-American cultural and intellectual history, according to the Athenaeum. A former Fellow of Harvard’ s Radcliffe Institute and the DuBois Institute, she is the author of “Black women and Religion” and “Maria Stewart: America’ s First Black Woman Political Writer”.

The event is free and open to the public.

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