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Suffragists in Alabama

Frances Griffin, Huntsville: President of the Alabama Equal Suffrage Association (ASEA). Spoke to the Alabama Constitutional Convention in 1901. Despite her efforts, the Alabama legislature voted against suffrage.

Pattie Ruffner Jacobs, Unknown City: Became a member of the national suffragist movement after establishing the Alabama Equal Suffrage Association in 1912.

Helen Adams Keller, Tuscumbia: Activist for women’s suffrage. Lectured all over the country. Guest of honor at the March 3, 1913 Suffrage Pageant in Washington, DC. Slated to speak at DAR Constitution Hall but was unable to do so due to exhaustion from challenges faced by all pageant goers who lacked police protection from protestors.

Adella Hunt Logan, Tuskegee: Organized suffrage activity among Black women at the Tuskegee Institute. Her articles on suffrage reached a national African American audience. Organized debates and events. A professor and the first life time member of the NAWSA.

Carrie McCord Park, Selma: Member of the Arkansas Flying Squadron (AFS), went to New York City to help organize for Suffrage, 1915.

Margaret Murry Washington (1865 – 1925), Tuskegee: She was an educator at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and the third wife of Booker T. Washington, leader of the Institute, for whom she often wrote speeches.  She became the lady principal of the Institute, founded Mt. Meigs School for Boys and an industrial school for girls.  Noted for promoting interracial cooperation, Washington was Vice President and President of the National Association of Colored Women, which she had co-founded.