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May Wright Sewall (1844-1920)

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Location: Northwest corner of Veterans Memorial Plaza at the corner of Meridian and North Streets, Indianapolis (Marion County, Indiana) 46204

Installed 2019 Indiana Historical Bureau, Indiana University Office of the Bicentennial, and the Indiana War Memorials Commission

ID#: 49.2019.2

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May Wright Sewall (1844-1920)

Side One

After moving to Indianapolis in 1874, Sewall gained renown as an educator, proponent of the arts, and women’s suffrage leader. She co-founded many institutions and civic clubs to promote equality for women, including the Indianapolis Propylaeum, located nearby from 1891-1923. During WWI, it served as a center for Red Cross drives and military service members’ recreation.

Side Two

Sewall promoted women’s suffrage through her lectures, writings, and organizational leadership. She helped establish the Indianapolis Equal Suffrage Society in 1878 and the International Council of Women in 1888. In later years, she advocated for international peace. Sewall died one month before ratification of the 19th Amendment, which secured women’s suffrage.

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