Julia Robbins Barrett

Significance: 

Julia Robbins Barrett was an artist, abolitionist and suffragist

who supported her family’s business interests and engaged in

independent intellectual pursuits. Julia worked as a carpet

designer in Lowell, and was proud to find a job and earn a

separate income. Julia also helped arrange speakers for the

Lyceum at Robbins Hall. She and her sister Ellen represented

Lexington at the 1850 American Anti-Slavery Bazaar in Boston.

Julia’s dedication to correspondence and keeping diaries

provides us with insight into women’s lives and our community

history.

Birth: 

Death:

May 6, 1819 

1900

None - Died on 5 October 1900, in Boston at age 81 and buried in Concord, Middlesex, MAssachusetts

Obituary:

Marriage:

Married to John Barrett on May 17, 1860 

Children:

None

Places Lived:

East Lexington; Concord, MA.

Connection to Lexington:

Born in Lexington, lived in Lexington for most of her life as part of a large multi-generational family. Her grandfather fought in Captain Parker’s company in the Battle of Lexington.

Wikipedia: 

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Book Titles:

Education:

Employment:

Julia’s biography: In Haste Julia: Julia Robbins Barrett, Abolitionist, Artist, Suffragist by Mary E. Keenan 


Additional resource: Abolition, Women’s Rights and War: From the End of the Revolution to the End of the Civil War, 1790-1865 


https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/uploads/6/5/2/1/6521332/2wp_abolitiontemperance.pdf

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Julia Robbins Barrett was a key player in bringing important intellectual lecturers into town as part of the lyceum movement of the 19th century.

Quotation:

“This day the great Convention in Worcester to discuss Women’s Rights. Was greatly crossed not [tp] be able to go. Had planned and looked forward all summer to thie…;..

Link to page in Notable American Women:  

Inclusion in the Lexington
Historical Society Exhibit?  

Additional Info:

Preliminary Sketch
- Meredith Bergmann
Julia Robbins Barrett