Lucretia Coffin Mott Button


Lucretia Coffin Mott Pin


Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793-1880) was born to the Nantucket Quaker family that was instrumental in inviting the newly escaped Frederick Douglass to the local abolitionist meeting at which he met William Lloyd Garrison, thus launching Douglass’ career as an abolitionist. Coffin married Quaker teacher James Mott in 1811 and moved to Philadelphia where her humanitarian endeavors attracted her to Garrison as a spiritual mentor. When Hicksite Quakers split from their parent organization to take up an antislavery stand, she joined them eventually becoming a Quaker minister. In 1833, Mott helped organize the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, and participated with William Lloyd Garrison at Philadelphia during the December 4 -6, 1833 inaugural meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society. She was one of the first women to speak out in public blending the themes of abolition and women’s rights, thereby being an inspiration to future female reformers Angelina and Sarah Grimké. Mott was present in 1838, at the Philadelphia dedication of Pennsylvania Hall, a new structure for use by reformers. The hall was torched by conservative opponents of reform during its dedication celebration. Lucretia encouraged blacks to become active participants in the abolition movement. Mott was an American Anti-Slavery Society delegate to the first World Anti-Slavery Convention held in LondonEngland in 1840. It was there that she met Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the two resolved to hold a convention for women’s rights. In 1848, Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Gerrit Smith’s younger cousin) organized a women's rights convention in Seneca Falls NY.Stanton noted that the Seneca Falls Convention was the first public women's rights meeting in the United States. WhileStanton is usually credited as the leader of that effort, it was Mott's mentoring of Stanton and their work together that organized the event. Mott supported the boycott of the products of slave labor, and operated an Underground Railroad station in her Philadelphia home after the passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law. After the Civil War, she remained active in the women’s rights movement, and worked toward establishing voting rights and educational opportunities for freedmen until her death in 1880.


Lucretia Coffin Mott was inducted into the National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum (Peterboro NY) in 2005


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