Amy Post

Amy Post was a famous abolitionist and women's suffrage supporter. Known for using her house as one of the stations for the Underground Railroad, Amy Post contributed toward the abolition of slavery by providing shelter to the numerous slaves on their journey to Canada.

See below for quick facts about Amy Post.
Date of Birth and Parents:
Amy Post was born on 20 December 1802, New York to Quakers Joseph Kirby and Mary Seaman

Date of Death:
29 January 1889, Rochester

Spouse and Children:
Amy Post married her deceased sister's husband, Isaac Post in 1827, the year after her sister's death. The couple went on to have four children of their own; Joseph, Jacob, Willet and Matilda, who were raised alongside Isaac's son and daughter from his previous marriage to Amy's sister, Hannah. Sadly Amy's daughter and her sister's son did not survive to adulthood.

Amy Post was a Hicksite Quaker, a branch of Quakers considered radical in their approach to issues such as race and gender equality. The Hicksite Quakers were headed by Amy Post's distant cousins, Elias and Jemima Hicks. The Posts moved to Rochester in 1835 when the Hicksite Quakers could no longer continue their efforts against slavery due to the violence they encountered.

Contributions Against Slavery:
Amy Post's house on Sophia Street was used as a station on the Underground Railroad, sheltering and feeing up to 25 fugitive slaves at any given time. The Posts founded the Western New York Anti-Slavery Society in 1842, and Amy Post also made clothing for runaway slaves with the Rochester Ladies anti-Slavery Society.

Miscellaneous Facts About Amy Post:
Amy Post assisted with the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848 and Rochester that same year. Along with Isaac Post, Amy signed the 1853 'Just and Equal Rights of Women' petition and co-founded the 1885 Women's Political Club and attended the International Council of Women in 1888, Washington DC. The Posts were also supporters of the Fox Sisters and defended them against accusations of fraud. Shortly before Amy Post's death,  the sisters admitted to the  allegations.

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