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Lucy Stone

Artist
Sumner Bradley Heald, Sep 1835 - Jul 1918
Studio
George Kendall Warren Studio, active 1834 - 1884
Sitter
Lucy Stone, 13 Oct 1818 - 18 Oct 1893
Date
c. 1866
Type
Photograph
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
Image: 11.6 x 9.1cm (4 9/16 x 3 9/16")
Sheet: 14.6 × 10.4 cm (5 3/4 × 4 1/8")
Mount: 15.8 × 10.9 cm (6 1/4 × 4 5/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.77.347
Exhibition Label
Lucy Stone was already a devout abolitionist when she graduated from Oberlin in 1847, but the next year, she was riveted upon seeing Hiram Powers’s statue The Greek Slave in Boston. She became more focused on women’s rights, defending herself from critics by stating, “I was a woman before I was an abolitionist.”
Stone helped found the American Equal Rights Association in 1866, but the Fifteenth Amendment divided the suffrage movement in two factions in 1870. Suffragists were keenly aware that the voting rights extended only to male citizens placed women in a more precarious position. Competing suffrage priorities—who should get the vote first, African American men or, separately, white women—split
the movement. Stone became the leader of the American Woman Suffrage Association, which was dedicated to achieving woman suffrage, especially through state-level legislation. At the same time, it supported African American civil rights.
Sumner Bradley Heald (1835–1918)
Albumen silver print, c. 1866
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Lucy Stone ya era abolicionista ferviente cuando se graduó de Oberlin en 1847, pero al año siguiente quedó cautivada en Boston por la estatua de Hiram Powers, La esclava griega. Desde entonces se dedicó más a los derechos de la mujer, refutando a quienes la criticaban: “Antes que abolicionista, fui mujer”.
Stone participó en la fundación de la Asociación Americana Pro Igualdad de Derechos en 1866, pero en 1870 la Enmienda XV dividió el movimiento sufragista en dos facciones. Las sufragistas sabían bien que la extensión del voto solo a los ciudadanos varones dejaba a las mujeres en mayor precariedad. La diferencia de prioridades respecto a quién debía ser el primero en obtener el voto, los hombres afroamericanos o las mujeres blancas, dividió el movimiento. Stone pasó liderar la Asociación Americana Pro Sufragio de la Mujer, dedicada a lograr el sufragio femenino, sobre todo mediante legislación a nivel estatal, a la vez que apoyaba los derechos civiles de los afroamericanos.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
On View
NPG, South Gallery 120