Inductees from 2020

 
  1. Sara M. Algeo

    Sara M. Algeo (1876-1953)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Women

    Sara Louise Algeo was born on June 13, 1876 in Cohasset MA, the fifth child to John and Sarah (Clemens) MacCormack. Following her education in the Cohasset public schools she attended and graduated from Boston University. Upon graduation she came to Rhode Island in September 1899 to teach at Cranston High School. She would remain a teacher until her marriage to James W. Read more >

  2. ELIZABETH “LILLIE”  BUFFUM CHACE WYMAN

    ELIZABETH “LILLIE” BUFFUM CHACE WYMAN (1847-1929)

    Categories: Civil Rights / Abolitionists, Women

    Lillie Chace Wyman was the eighth child born into the Quaker family of Samuel Buffington Chace and Elizabeth Buffum Chace on December 10, 1847. Her maternal grandfather was Arnold Buffum the noted Rhode Island abolitionist, a co-founder and first president of the New England Anti-Slavery Society. Her mother was the leading abolitionist and woman suffragist of Rhode Island having served as president of the Rhode Island Woman Suffrage Association from 1870 until her death in 1899. The Chace home in Central Falls, where Lillie was born and raised, was a stop on the underground railroad where escaping slaves paused on their journey to freedom. Read more >

  3. Roberta J. Dunbar

    Roberta J. Dunbar (1868-1956)

    Categories: African Americans, Civic Leaders, Women

    Roberta Dunbar was born in Narragansett, Rhode Island on July 10, 1868 to John and Louisa Cartwright Dunbar. By 1870 the family was living in Providence and Roberta attended the English High school. She worked in a number of professions including dressmaker, masseuse and hairdresser but her work of note was as an activist dedicated to the advancement of African Americans and woman suffrage.

    She was a leading member within the Black women’s club movement. Read more >

  4. Bertha G. Higgins (1872-1944)

    Categories: African Americans, Civic Leaders, Women

    Bertha was born in Danville, VA on November 18, 1872 to Horace and Barbara Dillard. She was married twice, first to Walker Thomas in 1887, but following his death in 1897, she married Dr. William Higgins. In 1903 the couple moved to Providence, Rhode Island where Dr. Read more >

  5. Maria Kindberg

    Maria Kindberg (1860-1921)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Women

    Maria Kindberg is intertwined with the woman’s suffrage movement not only in Rhode Island but nationally because of her accomplishments during the early decades of the twentieth century.

    Maria Albertina Kindberg was born in Ryd near the town of Skövde, Sweden on October 12, 1860; she emigrated to the United States arriving on June 25, 1889. Maria doesn’t show up in Rhode Island until 1895 when her name first appeared in the Providence Directory. The directory shows her living at 311 Blackstone Street in the South Providence section of the capital city. Read more >

  6. Ingeborg Kindstedt

    Ingeborg Kindstedt (1865-1950)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Women

    The name of Ingeborg Kinstedt is associated with the woman’s suffrage movement not only in Rhode Island but nationally because of her accomplishments during the early decades of the twentieth century.

    Maria Ingeborg Kindstedt was born in Glava near the town of Karlstad, Sweden, on April 8, 1865; she arrived in the United States in October 1890. Ingeborg does not appear as living in Rhode Island until 1895 when her name first appeared in the Providence Directory. The directory shows her living at 311 Blackstone Street in the South Providence section of the capital city. Read more >

  7. Sophia R. Little

    Sophia R. Little (1799-1893)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Civil Rights / Abolitionists, Government & Politics

    Sophia Little was born in Newport in 1799, the daughter of Asher Robbins. Her father was a prominent Rhode Island politician who served as U.S. Attorney General for Rhode Island and then in the state legislature before serving as U. Read more >

  8. Mary Francis

    Mary Francis "Fanny" Purdy Palmer (1839-1923)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Literature / Writers / Newspapers, Women

    Fanny was an author, poet, and social activist. She was born in New York City on July 11, 1839 to Henry and Mary (Sharp) Purdy.

    Following the death of her father when she was only seven, she grew up in upstate New York. She attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Buffalo and graduated from the Packer Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Read more >

  9. Anna W. Spencer (1799-1884)


    Anna’s life is somewhat of a mystery, but her accomplishments are significant in the history of social reform, especially that for women’s equality and suffrage. In 1852 she began the publication in Providence of the newspaper The Pioneer and Woman’s Advocate; the newspaper’s motto was “Liberty, Truth, Equality, Temperance.” Anna’s newspaper is significant since it advanced the cause of women’s rights in the early years of the woman suffrage movement, a movement which many consider having begun just four years earlier with the convening of the Seneca Lake Conference in 1848. In their History of the Woman Suffrage Movement compiled by Susan B. Read more >

 

 

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