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Out of the Attic: Suffragist Army marches through Newark - 1913

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Out of the Attic: Suffragist Army marches through Newark

This week’s Out of the Attic item is a 1913 photo of “General” Rosalie Gardiner Jones and the “pilgrims” of her Suffragist Army arriving in Newark on their march to Washington, D.C.

They were photographed in front of the Deer Park Hotel, with Jones to the left of the woman in the center holding the triangular pennant. Jones believed in fighting a strong battle, and was not afraid to do something dramatic to get her point across. Her marches helped lead to the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the vote on June 4, 1919, and then the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920.

David Dismore, a historian for the Feminist Majority Foundation, described the scene like this:

“As they approached Newark, the troops were met by the cadet corps of Delaware College. What made this reception especially noteworthy was that unlike similar encounters at other schools, these students were not given permission to miss classes and go out to meet the marchers, but did so anyway. One hundred and seventy-five uniformed students and band members “presented arms” as a salute, then escorted the hikers into the Deer Park. After bidding the hikers a fond farewell, the band played “The Girl I Left Behind Me” as the students marched back to their campus and an unknown disciplinary fate.”

Out of the Attic is produced in partnership with the Newark Historical Society. The Newark History Museum, located in the old train station under the South College Avenue bridge is open by appointment December through March. Admission is free. For more info, call 302-234-4145 or visit www.newarkdehistoricalsociety.org. Do you have an old photo to share with Newark Post readers? Contact editor Josh Shannon at 443-907-8437 or jshannon@newarkpost online.com.

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