Second Annual Adirondack Women’s March Planned at the grave of Inez Milholland in Lewis NY on Saturday, January 20, 2018
In January 2017, in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington, more than 600 Sister Marches took place, including one in the Adirondacks, at the grave of Inez Milholland in Lewis, NY. “It seemed historically symbolic to hold the January 2017 Adirondack Women’s March at Inez’s grave,” said organizer Sandra Weber, “since it was in solidarity with the march in Washington.”
To celebrate Inez and her fight for equality and human rights, about 400 people climbed the snowy, icy hill in Lewis Cemetery on January 21, 2017. “I was humbled by the massive turnout,” said Weber. “People drove from Vermont, Montreal, and all across the region. We had babies, children and youths, all the way up to 90-year-olds.”
In January 2018, the event will be held again. Organizers Sandra Weber and David Hodges are planning a combination of rally, march, and community celebration, for Saturday, January 20, 2018. The aim of the event is to show solidarity with women around the world. The event will begin at 11:00 am at the grave of Inez Milholland at the top of hill in Lewis Cemetery. The program will include a welcome address, poems, songs, and grave ceremony. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs, flags, and/or flowers to lay on Inez’s grave.
After the program, the march will commence down the hill to the new Inez Milholland roadside marker (at the corner of Route 9 and Fox Run Road), then up Route 9 to Lewis Veterans’ Park, and back past the Lewis Town Hall to the Lewis Congregational Church parsonage. At the parsonage, there will be soup, bread, hot drinks, and goodies. A lively program of sing-alongs, memories of 2017, and inspirational thoughts for the future is planned. Also, the Town of Lewis is graciously opening the town hall from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm so marchers can view the town exhibit about Inez and the Milholland family.
A special highlight of the Adirondack Women’s March 2018 — two showings of “Forward Into Light,” the short film produced by Martha Wheelock about the life of Inez Milholland. Viewings will take place at 10:30am (before the march) and at 1:00pm in the church parsonage. A short Q&A, moderated by Kathy Linker and Sandra Weber, will follow each showing. Women’s March events are also being held in Glens Falls (at noon) and Plattsburgh (at 3:00).