Fear not the wind nor the waves
Following extensive tours of America as an engaging and persuasive speaker, Remond was asked to bring her anti-slavery message to the UK, to gather support for the abolitionist cause. She took the steamer ferry Arahia from Boston to Liverpool on December 28, 1858, a fifteen day journey not for the faint hearted. Before embarking, Remond told her friend Abby Kelly Foster, that she feared not "the wind nor the waves, but I know that no matter how I go, the spirit of prejudice will meet me." The ship, covered in ice and snow after a treacherous journey, arrived in Liverpool on January 12, 1858.
Remond was surprised by her reception in the UK, telling a friend, “I have been received here as a sister by white women for the first time in my life. I have been removed from the degradation which overhangs all persons of my complexion... I have received a sympathy I never was offered before."
At her overflowing UK lectures, Remond told audiences of thousands of the horrors of slavery and of the discrimination and indignities suffered by ‘free black’ people in America, shocking listeners and raising a large amount of money for the anti-slavery cause. She also spoke of corrupt American politics and the corrupt church. Her tour was followed closely by the British and American press, spreading her message even further. Remond's time in the UK was especially important as she was thought to be the first woman to discuss slavery in front of mass audiences.
Remond also spoke fearlessly of the sexual exploitation of enslaved black women, a topic generally deemed too taboo to discuss in public at the time, even in newspapers. “They are exposed for sale and subjected to the most shameful indignities. The more Anglo- Saxon blood that mingles with the blood of the slave, the more gold is poured out when the auctioneer has a woman for sale because they are sold to be concubines for white Americans.”