Belva Lockwood Memorial and Garden

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Place Category: Memorial & Statue and Park & Scenic RoadPlace Tags: 19th Amendment Centennial Anniversary and Places in NY

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    Belva Lockwood Memorial and Garden is standing on Griswold Road in Royalton, honoring the women’s rights activist, one of the first female lawyers in the US, and the first female to officially run for President in 1884 and 1888.
    At the memorial, there are two plaques. The first one states, “Belva Lockwood, first woman to argue before the supreme court, 1879. Presidential candidate, 1884 and 1888, for the national equal rights party.” The second plaque states, “Near this spot stood the log cabin birthplace of Belva A. Bennett.”
    The idea for the memorial came in 1975. For the theme of “Women of the Year”, two active local Girl Scout leaders – Trudy Sworts and Doris March decided to commemorate Belva Lockwood near the place she was buried, and on November 23rd, 1975, with the help of the community and scout troops the plaque was unveiled.

    Belva Lockwood Documentary

    "Belva Ann Lockwood: Exploring and Conquering a Male World"- Kaija Hornburg

    The untold story and strength of one of the most under-recognized, remarkable women of the 19th century.
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    Address: Griswold Street, Royalton, NY
    Opening Hours: 24/7
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  • Photo credit - courtesy of Chris Knickerbocker