The Northampton Area League extends a warm welcome to you to come for a walking tour through Florence to see “She Shapes History,” a historical exhibit of the suffrage movement. View the exhibit, on loan from the Berkshire Museum, in storefront windows on Main Street. A perfect setting for the exhibit, the town of Florence provided safe passage along the Underground Railroad, and was home to many African American suffragists, including Sojourner Truth. Be sure to visit her statue!
The exhibit will run from April 3 into May, but the Gand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, on the lawn of the Florence Civic Center.
The exhibit showcases the stories of unsung heroes, including local suffragists Elizabeth Freeman (Mumbet) and Sojourner Truth. Also included are the foot soldiers including those from African American women’s suffrage clubs, immigrant women, Native American women, factory workers and labor union organizers.
It covers the struggle and the impact of activist women over two centuries, up to the Woman’s March of 2016. It aligns with the League of Women Voters’ mission to “finish the fight” by promoting access to the vote for all.
In planning this exhibit members of our League have been collaborating with teachers at the JFK Middle School in Northampton who have used the material as significant portions of their March Women in History curriculum studies. Local middle school students, who have developed expertise on the topic of the suffragist heroes of history are expected to tour the exhibit for followup studies.