This is a sister to the “Spirit of 1776” wagon that inspired this web site. This suffrage wagon (photo left) has been exhibited in recent years at the Smithsonian where it is part of the permanent collection.
Let’s get both of these wagons on exhibit at upcoming suffrage centennials.
MEASUREMENTS of suffrage wagon in the Smithsonian collection: Overall: 100 in x 67 in x 103 in; 254 cm x 170.18 cm x 261.62 cm, ID NUMBER: 1982.0288.01.
Originally a bakery or milk delivery wagon, tradition says that Lucy Stone used this wagon 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 it 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.
Our vision: that suffrage wagons like this one and the “Spirit of 1776” campaign wagon are placed on exhibit during the upcoming suffrage centennials. Follow suffrage centennials news and events at SuffrageCentennials.com
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