Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 12:30pm, Wall & Main Streets, Huntington, NY
The Long Island Woman Suffrage Association is pleased to announce the dedication of another marker to honor the woman suffrage movement in New York. The marker is located on the corner of Wall and Main Streets in the village of Huntington, and commemorates an important rally held there on July 31, 1913.
The rally is noteworthy in that it represents a confrontation between pro and anti suffrage factions at a street rally in July 1913, and it focuses on a horse-drawn wagon that participated in a suffrage parade. Suffrage activist Rosalie Jones witnessed the 1913 wagon confrontation, along with Edna Buckman Kearns, a suffrage activist from Rockville Centre, and others. Rosalie’s mother, Mrs. Oliver Livingston Jones, and daughter Mary Jones, made headlines when they stopped the parade through Huntington and threatened to take further action to stop votes for women organizing using the wagon on Long Island.
The wagon involved in the July 1913 parade, the “Spirit of 1776,” was donated by Edna Kearns’ granddaughter, Marguerite Kearns to the New York State Museum in Albany, and is on display there through May 13, 2018. The wagon is expected to be viewed again at the state museum in 2020, the 100th observance nationwide of American women voting, and is an important historic artifact symbolizing the complex grassroots network on Long Island during the woman suffrage movement.
The marker is funded with a generous grant from the Pomeroy Foundation.
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