About Edna Kearns


Quaker activist, Edna Kearns, on Suffrage Wagon News Channel Overview of the life of Edna Buckman Kearns (1882-1934).  PDF

Edna Kearns (1882-1934) was a grassroots suffrage organizer in New York City and Long Island, a Quaker writer and speaker on equality and Votes for Women. She’s best known for her horse-drawn “Spirit of 1776” campaign wagon, a suffrage movement symbol of patriotic. Kearns hitched a horse to a suffrage campaign wagon called the “Spirit of 1776″ and took off from Manhattan to Long Island in early July 1913. The wagon today is in the collection of the New  York State Museum. From 1910 t0 1920, Kearns worked intensely as a speaker, columnist for New York City area newspapers, press chair for suffrage campaigns, and organizer on Long Island and in New York City. This web platform is dedicated to her work and legacy.

Check out videos highlighting the 1913 maiden voyage of the wagon and its trip from Manhattan to Long Island. Article from New York History blog: “Long Island’s Three Wagon Women: Rosalie Jones, Elisabeth Freeman, Edna Kearns. See more information about the wagon on this web site.

Video about Wilmer Kearns, Edna’s husband. About Serena Kearns, Wilmer and Edna’s first child born 1905. About Marguerite Kearns, manager of Edna Buckman Kearns Suffrage Collection.

Edna Kearns, Wilmer Kearns and the “Spirit of 1776″ suffrage wagon after 1920 in Pennsylvania.

Bibliography and resources for Edna Kearns and “Spirit of 1776″ wagon. Edna Kearns nominee for 2014 National Women’s History Project, Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.

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