Black and white illustration of Lucy Colman, white-haired woman, sitting, with chin resting on her hand

Lucy Colman: Biography

Abolitionist, Feminist, Freethinker

Lucy Colman worked for the abolition of enslavement and the education, after the Civil War especially, of African Americans. She’s known for accompanying Sojourner Truth on a visit to President Abraham Lincoln. She also worked with others for women’s rights, putting aside that work during the Civil War.

Religiously, she moved from traditional Christianity when she questioned religious revivalism and the church’s support for enslavement, then to Universalism, to spiritualism, and to freethought.