Sign Commemorates Historic 1913 Suffragist March
Mineola, NY – On the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment being officially certified in the Constitution, also known as Women’s Equality Day, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, joined by Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Legislator Ellen Birnbaum, Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Legislator Thomas McKevitt and New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra, unveiled a new sign in front of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building commemorating a suffrage march that occurred in 1913. The sign is placed along the route of the march, where suffragists and supporters of women’s right to vote marched down Franklin Avenue to Hempstead.
“On Women’s Equality Day, we are reminded that the right to vote is precious and not to be taken for granted. The sign we unveil today not only recognizes the first suffrage March on Long Island but commemorates the 100th anniversary of women being granted the right to vote,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “I hope this marker will always remind us where we have been, the struggles we’ve overcome — and to celebrate the achievements we have made.”
On May 24, 1913, over 500 women and men gathered in Mineola, rallying for women’s voting rights. They were followed by countless cars and people riding horseback. The three-mile “parade and pageant” were organized by “General” Rosalie Jones, a famous Long Island suffragist.
The procession began at Mineola Boulevard and First Avenue and continued down Franklin Avenue to Front Street. The march ended in Hempstead were 5,000 people gathered for speeches by General Rosalie Jones and Jessie Hardy Stubbs, a famous national suffragist. This march was the first in its history on Long Island.
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