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New Castle Court House Museum publishes “19 Days of Suffrage”


During the month of August 2020, New Castle Court House Museum Lead Historic Site Interpreter Nicole Worthley completed “19 Days of Suffrage,” a series of 19 Facebook posts about the women’s suffrage movement in Delaware and the nation. The series is named in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which granted women the right to vote. “19 Days of Suffrage” was created as a companion to Delaware’s 2020 Chautauqua—“Women’s Work: Campaigning for Social Change”—that will be presented virtually on Sept. 10 and 11 from the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, and Sept. 19 and 20 from the New Castle Court House Museum.

Newspaper photo of Mabel Vernon
Wilmington, Del.’s Mabel Vernon is featured in the Aug. 14 Facebook post as part of the “19 Days of Suffrage” series.

Following are the subjects of the 19 posts which can be viewed by going to the New Castle Court House Museum’s Facebook page:

  • “Delaware Awake!,” painting by Ethel P.B. Leach—Aug. 1, 2020
  • Emily Bissell, Wilmington, Del. anti-suffragist—Aug. 4, 2020
  • Blanche Williams Stubbs, Wilmington, Del. Black social activist and suffragist—Aug. 5, 2020
  • Delaware Equal Suffrage Association convention held in the New Castle Court House in 1900—Aug. 6, 2020
  • Catherine Thornton Boyle, social activist and suffragist from New Castle, Del.—Aug. 7, 2020
  • “Great National Petition” to the United States Congress—Aug. 8, 2020
  • Mary H. Askew Mather, Wilmington, Del. social activist and suffragist—Aug. 11, 2020
  • Delaware native Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Black social activist and suffragist—Aug. 13, 2020
  • Mable Vernon, Wilmington, Del. suffragist—Aug. 14, 2020
  • Delaware Equal Suffrage Association conference in New Castle in 1909—Aug. 18, 2020
  • Florence Bayard Hilles, New Castle, Del. suffragist and social activist—Aug. 19, 2020
  • Alice Paul and Lucy Burns of the National Woman’s Party—Aug. 20, 2020
  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Black poet and suffragist—Aug. 21, 2020
  • Annie Arniel of the Delaware chapter, National Woman’s Party—Aug. 22, 2020
  • First suffrage march in Delaware—Aug. 25, 2020
  • Wilmington Equal Suffrage Study Club—Aug. 27, 2020
  • Delaware Equal Suffrage Association meeting in New Castle, Feb. 12, 1914—Aug. 28, 2020
  • The War of the Roses—Aug. 29, 2020
  • Delaware debates the 19th Amendment—Aug. 31, 2020

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