Suffragette tour at Bellefontaine Cemetery

Join us in a special tour of beautiful Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum. Tour guides will highlight several Gutsy women who fought for the right to vote in Missouri. 

Virginia Minor was a political activist during the Civil War. The first president of the Woman Suffragette Association of Missouri, she made St. Louis a center for suffrage activism. Believing that the 15th Amendment that gave the vote for free slaves also bestowed that right on women, she tried to vote in 1872 and brought a suit all the way to the Supreme Court.

Rebecca Naylor Hazard (1826-1912) was treasurer of the Freedmen’s Relief Society, raising money to establish a hospital for freed slaves, and later part of the Women’s Congress. She said, “A cruel war had much to do in educating the women of Missouri into a sense of their responsibilities and duties as citizens.”

Phoebe Couzins was the third female law school graduate in US, first female lawyer in Missouri, and first female to address a presidential nominating convention. An electrifying speaker, she traveled across the country with Susan B. Anthony to promote women’s suffrage.

Edna Fischel Gellhorn presided at a state convention of suffragettes in Columbia after the 1914 legislative session. After Missouri passed the Federal Suffrage Amendment on July 3, 1919, she received a telegram saying Iowa had narrowly beat Missouri to ratification. She helped form the national League of Women Voters.



May 21, 2017 at 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Bellefontaine Cemetery
4947 W Florissant Ave
St. Louis, MO 63115
United States
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Renee Marver · · 314-691-7329

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    After the tour, enjoy sangria and snacks while Mary Ellen Vander Linden gives an historic presentation in period costume posing as Edna Gellhorn looking back on her life.
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