Life and Times of Eliza Seaman Leggett

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society Presents “Life and Times of Eliza Seaman Leggett”

Old photo of a woman sitting in a chair with her arm resting on a table.
Eliza Seaman Leggett

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) will present “Life and Times of Eliza Seaman Leggett” presented by Lori Miller of the Oakland History Center. The program will take place on March 7 at 12:00 noon at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm as a part of RAHS Brown Bag program series. 

To highlight Women’s History Month, Miller will discuss the life and times of Eliza Seaman Legett (1815-1900) who was an American suffragist and abolitionist and is buried in Pontiac’s Oak Hill Cemetery. One of Legett’s passions was the abolition of slavery and she worked with noted abolitionists including Sojourner Truth and Lucretia Mott. Legett’s home served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.

After Emancipation, Legett focused her attentions on suffrage and co-founded the Young Woman’s Home Association in Detroit. In addition to her work in suffrage, Legett was active in civic affairs such as making Belle Isle a public park. Legett also founded a literary organization which would later become the Detroit Women’s Club.

Legett was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 2003 for her work in abolition and women’s rights. 

Bring a lunch. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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