March 1, 2022 11:05 am

John Remond was born in the Dutch colony of Curaçao in 1788. At ten years old, he traveled to Salem on the ship Six Brothers.  After learning the trades of barbering and catering, he married Nancy Lenox, an accomplished cake baker and cook. John and Nancy ran a catering business out of Hamilton Hall for many years and they were well-known for their dazzling feasts.

John and Nancy’s eldest son, Charles, was born in 1810. Their ninth child, Sarah, was born in 1826.  Both Charles and Sarah grew to become prominent activists in the fight against slavery. They toured, together and separately, around the US and Europe giving abolitionist speeches.

Sarah studied nursing at the University College London and then completed training to become a doctor at the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital school in Florence.  Today, UCL honors Sarah’s work through the Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism & Racialisation.

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