Geraldine Louise Pindell (or “Deenie” as she was known to those in her circle) was born on October 3, 1872, the daughter of lawyer Charles Edward Pindell and his wife, Mary Frances Pindell. Socially, the Pindells belonged to Boston’s black elite. Eschewing the Baptist and the AME churches, the Pindells were Episcopalians. Genteel, cultured and wealthy, the family was not without a commitment to the welfare of the larger black community. Geraldine’s great-uncle, William Pindell, had been one of the leaders in the struggle against school segregation in antebellum Boston.

Geraldine Pindell had known William Monroe Trotter, six months her senior, since childhood. Their engagement could hardly have been a surprise to their families or their friends. In many respects it was an eminently suitable match, There was no disparity in wealth. True, the Pindells were northerners and Trotter’s family was originally from the South, but he himself had been born in Ohio and raised in Boston. Both Geraldine and Trotter were deeply religious and both were committed to the cause of temperance. They even had many of the same friends. Their marriage took place on June 27, 1899 when she was 26 and he was 27.



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