1913 April 4

Racially Integrated Suffrage Conference Held in St. Louis

 

The Mississippi Valley Suffrage Conference became a racially integrated event on this day with the attendance of Mrs. Victoria Haley, an African-American. Her appearance caused a “commotion,” and the hotel management protested, but the meeting went forward as planned.

St. Louis at that time was a segregated Southern city, and across the country racist attitudes were rising. The leaders of the suffrage conference who had invited Mrs. Haley congratulated her on her courage.

Learn more: Paula Giddings, When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America (1984)

Learn more about the complex history of race and the suffrage movement: http://uschs.wordpress.com/tag/race-and-suffrage-movement/

Learn more about African American history: Henry Louis Gates, Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008 (2011)

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