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Julia Robbins Barrett


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




May 6, 1819 


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



Married to John Barrett on May 17, 1860 



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.


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Book Titles:



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

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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.


“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
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