Unveiling of Stanton statute set

JOHNSTOWN — The public is invited to attend the unveiling of a lifesize bronze statue of a younger version of Johnstown’s most famous daughter — Elizabeth Cady Stanton — at 4 p.m. Aug. 26 downtown.

The event will be held at the Sir William Johnson Memorial Park and William Jenner Bandshell. The statue will be placed and unveiled in the city park on West Main Street, located between the site of Stanton’s original home and the historic Fulton County Courthouse.

Fundraising has occurred for the statue, under the auspices of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium. Money collected has gone for the design of the statue honoring the famed Women’s Rights leader.

The statue will be unveiled on Aug. 26, which is Women’s Equality Day. There will be music, a presentation and more. The public is asked to bring your own lawn chairs. Those not vaccinated are asked to please wear a mask. Food will be available, and more information will be unveiled as the event nears.

Johnstown native Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s statue is being done by sculptor Matt Glenn of Provo, Utah.

“It’s at the foundry being coded in brass,” consortium President Helen Martin said Wednesday.

Martin said the process to bring the statue to fruition has been an “ongoing” one for a couple years.

Consortium Vice President Sandy Maceyka, also chairperson of the statue fundraising group, said the statue of young Elizabeth Cady Stanton has come at “long last.”

Maceyka said the consortium collected money from about 120 different people — mostly locals or those tied to the local area. But some of the donations were from a distance, she said.

“I started in 2017 collecting the funds,” Maceyka said. “The idea for the statue has been in the making for more than 10 years.”

Former Johnstown Mayor Sarah Slingerland — the city’s first woman mayor — said the Aug. 26 unveiling should be an event to behold.

“I look forward to attending,” she stated. “I am sure all of you have done a great job making this event very special for all of us. Having the honor of serving as Johnstown’s first female mayor was made possible by every woman who fought for social justice every step of the way. The statue will always remind all of us how far we have come. Thanks, Sandy.”

Other well-wishers commented, including Jen Voorhees, who stated: “I know this has been a long time coming and it is so important to remember her.”

Jen Gardella commented, “Congratulations. She looks all ready to move back to her Johnstown roots. She looks beautiful.”

“It was a privilege to be able to support such an important project to commemorate ECS and her history in Johnstown,” said Deb Mazzone.

Sally Roesch Wagner stated, “Congratulations. You did it.” She is the executive director of The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, Inc. and Gage Center for Social Justice Dialogue. Wagner is also an adjunct faculty member for The University Honors Program, Syracuse University; author, of “We Want Equal Rights: The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on the Women’s Rights Movement;” and editor of “The Women’s Suffrage Movement.”

The original plan was to unveil the statue in 2020 – the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States – until COVID-19 struck. Women’s suffrage was a cause championed by Stanton that she did not live to see.

Stanton was born in 1815 in Johnstown and died in 1902 in New York City.

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