Charles Lenox Remond
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This portrait depicts Charles Lenox Remond, (1810-1873). Remond was an abolitionist lecturer born in Salem, Massachusetts. A supporter of William Lloyd Garrison, Remond was an agent for Garrison’s abolitionist newspaper, The Liberator. Along with his younger sister, Sarah Parker Remond, he was a noted anti-slavery orator. Charles Remond was the first Black person to address a legislative body in the United States—the Massachusetts General Court. During the Civil War Remond recruited Black soldiers throughout the North and in Canada for the 54th Massachusetts Infantry and other African American units. After the Civil War, he continued to campaign for Black civil rights until his death from tuberculosis in 1873.