Stanton statue to be unveiled Aug. 26

The unveiling of the statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton will take place at a ceremony in the Sir William Johnson Park on W, Main St., on Aug. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The location of the statue which depicts the women’s rights activist in her early years was chosen since she was born and raised in a home nearby at the site now occupied by a bank.

August 26 was chosen for the unveiling since it marks Women’s Equality Day, the celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote in 1920.

The unveiling celebration will run from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Sir William Johnson Park and Charles Jenner Band Shell. There will be speaker and music including a sing-a-long of suffrage songs.

Clare Wettemann will perform her  original Elizabeth Cady Stanton song.

The Rev. G.W. “Blake” Blakesley of the 2nd Presbyterian Church and friends will provide additional suffrage songs on the banjo, fiddle and whistle.

In addition, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth has coordinated the Food Trucks for the event.

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium commissioned the statue, solicited the donations from organizations and individuals and have organized the Aug. 26 unveiling ceremony.

The ceremony is open to the public, which is asked to bring a lawn chair. Those who have not received their COVID vaccinations will be required to wear a mask.

Following the unveiling ceremonies, at 7 p.m., Sue Macy, author of the children’s book Wheels of Change, will do a presentation on the importance of bicycling to the suffrage movement.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton stated “The bicycle will inspire women with more courage, self-respect and self-reliance and make the next generation more vigorous of mind and body; for feeble mothers do not produce great statesmen, scientists and scholars.” 

Macy’s program will be held in the sanctuary of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 N. Market St. in Johnstown (in the park).

It is being presented by the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association thanks to a Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grant. The presentation is free and open to the public.

By Paul Wager