10c – Anniversaries


For the 75th anniversary of the suffrage amendment in 1995, the Delaware Heritage Commission and the Delaware Humanities Forum joined other agencies in sponsoring a variety of activities. The Delaware Heritage Commission issued a 1995 calendar commemorating the Nineteenth Amendment. On the cover were four generations of Delaware women voters from the Watson family: Townsend-born Anna Watson (front right); her daughter Jacqueline Watson Brown (right); her granddaughter Willetta Brown Stamp (second from left); and her great-granddaughter Gebrette Stamp (left). All had voted at the George Wilson Community Center, which originated as the New London Road School in 1922 (a “colored school” in segregated Newark). Mrs. Watson died in 2007 at age 95.

  • Delaware Heritage Commission. The Delaware Heritage Commission Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Constitutional Right of Women to Vote, 1920-1995 (calendar). Wilmington, Del. : The Commission, 1995

Perhaps the biggest anniversary undertaking was “First Vote,” a musical play recounting the Delaware ratification struggle in the spring of 1920. Written by Joyce Hill Stoner and Scott Mason and based on historian Carol E. Hoffecker’s research, the play was performed around the state. Today, a 45-minute version can be found on YouTube. Just type “First Vote Delaware musical” into the search engine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVjV0nhHlEc

  • Joyce Hill Stoner and Scott F. Mason. “First Vote” (play) written, compiled, and directed by Joyce Hill Stoner and Scott F. Mason; presented in cooperation with CELEBRATION 75 and supported by the Delaware Humanities Forum, 1995. Courtesy Joyce Hill Stoner.
  • Playbill, script with Stoner’s directorial annotations, and photograph of cast with Joyce Hill Stoner (in back row, right), 1995. Courtesy Joyce Hill Stoner.
  • Bill Hayden. “Pain and Suffrage” (newsclippings), (Wilmington) News Journal, October 31, 1995. Scott F. Mason theatrical scrapbooks. Courtesy Scott F. Mason.