The historical marker unveiled in Huntington, NY in April 2018 commemorates the controversy when Edna Kearns and friends joined a suffrage rally on the main street of town. Stop by during your next trip to Long Island, NY.
EDNA AND WILMER KEARNS MADE HISTORY—
Wilmer and Edna marched in the first New York City suffrage parade in 1911 led on horseback by Inez Milholland. Wilmer joined the men’s division, and Edna marched with Quakers, one of many parade contingents representing occupations, special interests, and suffrage organizations. The parade included banners carried by Inez Milholland and others that represented the English hymn “Forward into Light.” These words later became associated with Milholland. The hymn also had a special meaning for votes for women supporters: “Forward, out of error, Leave behind the night/ Forward through the darkness, Forward into Light.”
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