Actress and activist, Lynne McKenney Lydick, will bring abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster to life in her inspiring one-woman play, Yours for Humanity, Abby, on Wednesday, March 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Rodman Main Auditorium. The play is based on the letters and speeches of Abby in 1854 during a time of much social and political differences in our country. Hear Abby as she delivers her powerful orations against slavery and prejudice which helped to change the views of many.
Abby Kelley Foster (1811-1887) was a radical abolitionist, women's rights activist, and a member of the Western Anti-Slavery Society who dedicated her life to social justice, spending nearly twenty years traveling across the nation as a lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society. It was through the membership of this Society that Abby knew Sarah and Ridgeway Haines of Alliance, Ohio, also dues paying members of the Western Anti-Slavery Society. Abby and her husband, Stephen S. Foster, also an abolitionist, would stay at the Haines House when they were speakers. The Society's annual meeting in the 1850s was held alternately in Salem, Ohio and Alliance, Ohio. The Haines land would temporarily house a tent that accommodated large crowds. A report from the Anti-Slavery Bugle said that 3,000 attended over a 3-day weekend.