The bronze statue of women’s rights and voting activist and city of Adams daughter Susan B. Anthony will finally be unveiled Thursday morning at Adams Town Common, according to The Berkshire Eagle.
The statue was originally due to be unveiled last year to celebrate its 200e anniversary and recognition of the centenary of the 19e Amendment giving women the right to vote. One of Anthony’s lifelong activities. The pandemic has suspended the ceremony in the newly renovated park.
Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 on East Road, which today houses the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum. She grew up in Adams until the age of 6 when her family moved. According to The Berkshire Eagle, she returned to Adams many times during her lifetime to visit her family.
Anthony was a true leader championing causes ranging from the abolition of slavery to the struggle for equal rights for women, including the right to vote. During her struggle to end slavery, she organized the Loyal National League of Women in 1863. This was the first national political origin of women in the county. The organization led the campaign to end slavery by collecting more than 400,000 signatures that help pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution that ended slavery in the country.
Anthony was arrested in Rochester, New York for voting in 1872. She was convicted and refused to pay the $ 100 fine. The trial received wide media coverage and brought a woman’s right to vote to the fore. In 1878, Anthony and his good friend and fellow women’s rights activist Elizabeth Stanton introduced an amendment to Congress allowing women to vote. What is known as the Susan B Anthony Amendment was finally ratified by Congress in 1920, fifteen years after Anthony’s death. The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution legally guaranteed American women the right to vote.
Anthony died in Rochester, New York in 1906 at the age of 86 from heart failure and pneumonia. Some reports have quoted Anthony as saying that she wished “to live another century and see the fruits of all the work for the woman”.
The unveiling ceremony of this astonishing statue of a woman at Town Common in Adams is this Thursday, June 24e from 9:30 am.
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