Suffrage hikers to Washington DC are captured on film

Suffragist Elisabeth Freeman on her soapbox. From the web site published by her great niece, Peg Johnston.

There’s very little film footage from the suffrage movement, so this 80-second clip from the National Film Preservation Foundation is a treasure. It’s entitled “On to Washington.” The occasion is the suffrage hiking march with Rosalie Jones and Elisabeth Freeman and others who headed south to Washington, DC to join the suffrage parade scheduled to coincide with the inauguration of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. My grandparents Edna and Wilmer Kearns marched in that parade, along with Serena Kearns, my mother’s older sister who was born in 1905.

Grandmother Edna Kearns worked on Long Island suffrage organizing with both Rosalie Jones and Elisabeth Freeman. Jones was born and raised on Long Island where she carried out a significant amount of grassroots suffrage work. Elisabeth Freeman was born in England and became a paid organizer for the  movement. Rosalie, Elisabeth, Edna Kearns (along with Wilmer and Serena Kearns) and others started out on the march to Albany from NYC to see the governor about Votes for Women the first week in January of 1914.

Elisabeth Freeman’s web site is published by Elisabeth Freeman’s great niece, Peg Johnston of Binghamton, NY. Visit the Suffrage Wagon News Channel’s new platform.


8 responses to “Suffrage hikers to Washington DC are captured on film

  1. The site about Elisabeth Freeman is fascinating. Thank you for the link.

  2. Stephanie Maldonado

    Keep up the great work…

  3. I’m testing being a great literary figure. Given my druthers, I would write about the women of the suffrage movement. I didn’t know there were so many gutsy ladies in long skirts.

  4. Camila Patrone

    The part about suffrage history that’s weak is the lack of film footage. Well, not a lack. Not very much, so this clip really makes things come alive.

  5. Thumbs up for the good information you have got right here on this post.

  6. Hey there. I like your blog.

  7. I liked the photo of Suffragist Elisabeth Freeman on her soapbox. You’re right. Film isn’t easy to come by of this period.

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