The City of Long Beach, New York celebrated the suffrage organizing of Edna Buckman Kearns on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The historic marker funded by the Pomeroy Foundation is one of two markers on Long Island, New York that honors Kearns and her votes for women organizing.
About forty people attended the commemoration that was by invitation only due to pandemic restrictions. Kearns and her Spirit of ’76 suffrage campaign wagon visited Long Beach and other Long Island communities during July of 1913.
GRANDDAUGHTER MARGUERITE KEARNS’S NEW BOOK CITED!
Bob Keeler, retired editor of Newsday, spoke for Marguerite Kearns, the granddaughter of Edna Kearns and author of upcoming book from SUNY Press (State University of New York). Keeler spoke of the author’s life-long project to research and share the activist legacy of the Kearns family and how it influenced four generations including the author.
BOARDWALK SUFFRAGE MARKER IS PART OF NATIONAL VOTES FOR WOMEN TRAIL
Journalist Bob Keeler formerly an editor of Newsday represented Marguerite Kearns at the Long Beach dedication ceremony. The Long Beach Historical Society contributed a photograph of Edna Kearns speaking about women’s suffrage to local residents in 1913. Patti Bourne coordinated the event for the ceremony City of Long Beach. Photo of marker by Antonia Petrash. And a special thanks to everyone who participated in the Long Beach ceremony in June 2021.
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