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“It was not possible in such times for a women to be silent” Lucy Stone, 1893

Dorchester resident Lucy Stone (1818-1893) was devoted to equal rights for women and for the abolition of Slavery. At the time women could not vote, own property, or have guardianship of their children. Stone spoke out about this political, social and economic discrimination. She helped create the first National Women’s Rights Convention, the American Women Suffrage Association, and published the Women’s Journal a weekly newspaper that provided voice to women’s issues of the day. She lived on Pope’s Hill with her husband and daughter, and often grew fruits and vegetables in the yard to supplement her income from speaking tours and writing.

Image courtesy of Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University and the Dorchester Historical Society