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Happy birthday, Amy Kirby Post (Dec. 20, 1803 – Jan. 29, 1889)! #Quaker (Hicksite). #Pacifist. #Abolitionist. #Suffragist. The home she shared with her husband, Isaac, was an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Their house was located at 36 Sophia Street (now Plymouth Avenue North) in Rochester, New York. In 1848, Amy and Isaac were forced to leave the Genesee Yearly Meeting because their abolitionist activities were too extreme even for the Hicksites. The Posts then joined with other radical Quakers to form the Yearly Meeting of Congregational Friends. Also in 1848, Amy participated in the historic Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. Born in Jericho, New York. Died in Rochester, New York. Buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, alongside Isaac.

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Happy birthday, Laura Smith Haviland (Dec. 20, 1808 – April 20, 1898)! #Quaker. #Pacifist. #Abolitionist. #Suffragist. After moving to Michigan Territory from western New York, Laura helped organize the Logan Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1832, the first anti-slavery organization in Michigan. In 1837, she and her husband founded the Raisin Institute, the first racially integrated school in Michigan. The Haviland farm also became the first Underground Railroad station in the state. Laura not only personally escorted escaped slaves into Canada, she made trips into the deep South and attempted to liberate the children of fugitive slaves. On one occasion a bounty of $3,000 was placed on her head, dead or alive, by a Tennessee slave-owner. Laura lived to the age of 89, passing away in her brother’s home. Born in Kitley, Ontario, Canada. Died in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Buried in the Raisin Valley Cemetery, Adrian, Michigan, next to her husband, Charles. The town of Haviland, Kansas is named in her honor.
~The Marginal Mennon