Marguerite Kearns October 5, 2018

The “Spirit of 1776” wagon in the collection of the New York State Museum is one of two wagons used for suffrage grassroots organizing of exhibit quality.

Link to the suffrage wagon used by suffrage activist Lucy Stone on the web site of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian. It would be great if this wagon were to be exhibited during 2020, along with the “Spirit of 1776” wagon, when US women will have been voting for 100 years.

DESCRIPTION
Originally a bakery or milk delivery wagon, tradition says that Lucy Stone used it at speaking engagements and to distribute the Woman’s Journal. Around 1912 suffragists found the wagon in a barn on Stone’s property. They painted it with slogans and continued to use it to sell the Woman’s Journal as well as for rallies and publicity.
Lucy Stone, one of the so-called “19th century triumvirate” of woman’s suffrage and feminism, along with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was one of the organizers of the first National Women’s Rights Convention in 1850. In 1869 she founded American Woman Suffrage Association. More moderate than Susan B. Anthony’s National Woman Suffrage Association, it admitted men as well as women and was committed to passage of the 15th amendment. In 1870 Lucy Stone founded the Woman’s Journal to disseminate information about women’s rights topics.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
wood (overall material)
yellow, black (overall color)
MEASUREMENTS
overall: 100 in x 67 in x 103 in; 254 cm x 170.18 cm x 261.62 cm
ID NUMBER
1982.0288.01
CATALOG NUMBER
1982.0288.01
ACCESSION NUMBER
1982.0288

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