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Mary Nolan: Jacksonville Suffragette and her Night of Terror

April 30, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Old St. Andrews
317 A Philip Randolph Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Jacksonville Historical Society
Mary Nolan

Mary Nolan, Springfield grandmother and oldest suffragette in the NWP.

Presented by author and speaker Judith Poucher, PhD.

Reception: 6:30pm | Program: 7pm

Jacksonville’s Mary A. Nolan was an unlikely champion on the national stage for women’s suffrage. But in 1917, this Springfield neighborhood grandmother, often described as the oldest suffragette in the National Women’s Party (NWP) picket lines, took up a post protesting in the nation’s capital. She was arrested on November 10, 1917, and ended up at the Occuquan Workhouse where she endured the infamous “Night of Terror.” Undeterred, in 1919, she participated in demonstrations in front of the White House and was arrested many times. Mrs. Nolan was part of a nationwide “Prison Special Tour” speaking on her experiences in prison.

Dr. Judith Poucher offers an exploration of Mary Nolan’s account of this remarkable piece of theAmerican story. Dr. Poucher received her PhD in humanities from Florida State University, completed post-doctoral work in history at Oxford and taught history at Florida State College. A fifth generation Floridian, Dr. Poucher is author of the recently published book, State of Defiance: Challenging the Johns Committee’s Assault on Civil Liberties. She was involved in the production of The Committee, a Emmy award-winning documentary.

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