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Take A Tour Of Massachusetts' Historic Suffragette Sites


In 1920, the United States saw the passage of the 19th Amendment, which ruled that women had the right to vote. One hundred years later, PBS and WGBH are celebrating that landmark amendment, and the feminist movement that followed, through an expansive slate of programming — including American Experience’s The Vote. In order to find and explore our own local history in the campaign for women’s suffrage, we decided to take a trek around the greater Boston area, visiting historic sites along the way.


The interior of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, in the central dining area.
African Meeting House
Liberty Hotel


The main building of Massachusetts Institute of Technology stands tall before the camera. It's built in the classic style, sith two rows of ionic columns holding up a lintel that reads "William Barton Rogers, Founder." Above, the sky is bright blue, with white puffy clouds.
A three floor yellow house stands in the middle of the frame; a white picket fence is in front. In the front yard, there's an abstract sculpture. A tree stands to the left of frame, it's branches shading the homes front yard.
A grey marble monument stands in a cemetery beside a tree that branches off in three directions. The monument reads RUFFIN in large letters at the base, and higher up, George L Ruffin and Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin.


A small park extends toward the water, ending in a wooden dock. In the center of the park is a small garden area with shrubs and trees. At the front of it is a small plaque dedicated to Charles and Sarah Redmond.
A tall brick building with marble stairs and a slate roof stands on a tree lined street. The front of the building is well landscaped, with small shrubs and plants. The sidewalk is paved in brick.

Western Massachusetts

In a overgrown field, a small, stone foundation stands amongst a stand of trees.
A close up of a statue of Sojourner Truth — the statue is made of bronze, a likeness of Truth when she lived in Florence, MA. In this statue she wears a head covering and glasses.