New Historical Markers Honoring Women's Suffrage History Trail In MA

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A new historical trail is coming to Massachusetts with five markers celebrating landmarks of both women and men who worked to get women the right to vote.

It's all part of the National Votes for Women Trail and is sponsored by the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites. The 19th amendment, which secures women's right to vote, was ratified in 1920.

Fredie Kay is the president and founder of Suffrage100MA, a non-profit formed ahead of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020.

"The number and depth of history from Massachusetts for women in this state is phenomenal," Kay said. "Many of our markers, and through out the country, include recognizing efforts by women and men that were dating way back into the 1800s."

Later this month, Danvers will get a new historical marker at the Page House honoring Anne Page, a leading suffragist who also played a large role in the concept of modern kindergarten and early childhood education movement.

Sometime this summer, the Remond family of Salem will also receive a historical marker noting their achievements for both the Page House in Danvers and Hamilton Hall in Salem.

Another marker will placed in Worcester on the corner of Sycamore and Maine streets in honor of suffragette Sarah E. Wall. And in Northampton, a marker will be placed in the Sojourner Truth Memorial Garden in honor of the abolitionist and women's right activist.

A marker will also be placed in Cambridge for Maria Baldwin, a Black teacher who organized the first Parent-Teacher group in Cambridge and introduced new methods of teaching math and art.

The historical markers carry the seal of the National Votes for Women Trail, and include the words "Road to the 19th Amendment" along the top.

On top of the physical historical markers, there is also a digital version of the trail that includes an online database and digital map.

The National Votes for Women Trail currently has 2,360 physical sites across the U.S. and over 2,100 sites on it's database.

WBZ NewsRadio's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports

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