WILMINGTON, DE — In commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women’s right to vote, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation have partnered to launch a historic marker program identifying individuals and events connected to the history of women’s suffrage. Historic markers awarded through the Pomeroy Foundation’s grant program highlight sites on the National Votes for Women Trail (nvwt.org), a project of the NCWHS. Eight markers have been awarded in Delaware.
On Tuesday, September 28—National Voter Registration Day—four of the Pomeroy markers will be dedicated in Wilmington. The event will take place at 3 pm on the grounds of St. Michael’s Day Nursery, 7th and Walnut. Mayor Mike Purzycki and Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings will attend and make some remarks. The event will observe all Covid-19 protocols in effect on the dedication date.
About the 4 Wilmington Pomeroy Suffrage Markers:
- Site of the Thomas Garrett Settlement House, 7th and Walnut Streets. Meetings of the African American Equal Suffrage Study Club and occasional integrated suffrage events were held here, 1914-1920.
- Rodney Square. Site of the May 1914 suffrage parade and rally for “Votes for Women.” The parade started at the train station and ended here on Market Street, between 10th and 11th streets.
- Home of Blanche Williams Stubbs, 827 N. Tatnall Street. Blanche Stubbs, an advocate for civil rights and voting rights, led the African American Equal Suffrage Study Club in the 1914 parade.
- Home of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, 1310 N. French Street. Author, poet, journalist, teacher, and advocate for racial and gender equity, Dunbar-Nelson was the first president of the Equal Suffrage Study Club, 1914.
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