A large Joan of Arc Museum in Rouen, France spread over five levels with ten exhibition spaces is due to open in March 2015. Her fifteenth century trial is one focus, as well as the considerable controversies that have arisen over Joan throughout the centuries. The annual attendance is expected to be between 100,000 and 150,000 visitors.
Joan of Arc represents many things to many people, including the suffrage movement in England and the United States. Joan’s association with the suffrage movement comes close to home. This association is laid out in vivid detail in an excellent article by Kathleen Kelly, a performer and writer who has made Joan of Arc her life’s work. We’ll be hearing more about Inez Milholland, the U.S. suffrage martyr.
VIDEO ABOUT SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL OBSERVANCE of Inez Milholland’s death in 2016.When Milholland led suffrage parades in Washington, DC and New York City, she evoked the Joan of Arc association.
Noted Kelly: “When New York suffragist Inez Milholland, for example, led the women’s March for the Vote in Washington, DC in March 1913, clad all in white and astride a white horse, she didn’t overtly claim to be impersonating Joan of Arc. The electrifying figure she presented was called ‘the Herald’ or simply ‘the Woman on a Horse,’ an evocation of women in the West who already had the vote or a nod to the moral purity of American temperance leaders who frequently dressed in white. But everyone knew who she really was.”
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