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Margaret Brent Pilgrimage Historical Marker Unveiled in St. Mary’s City ahead of 2020’s ‘Year of the Woman’

2020 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, and is being celebrated as the International Year of the Woman. In preparation for this historic event, OTD is joining with state and private partners in unveiling historical markers across the state commemorating significant, long-ignored events in women’s history through the auspices of the Maryland 19th Amendment Commission. This latest marker, unveiled on Sept 28 in Historic St. Mary’s City recognizes the 1915 “Margaret Brent Pilgrimage” which saw Maryland Suffragists take a 23-day journey by covered wagon from Baltimore to St. Mary’s City in honor of Margaret Brent, an English colonist considered one of the most important women and advocates for women’s rights in colonial history. The marker is the fourth of five to be unveiled ahead of the Year of the Woman, with the final set to for October 26 in Oakland.

Pictured: (Left to right) Maryland General Assembly Delegate Brian Crosby, St. Mary’s County; Cynthia Miller, Strategic Partnerships Director, OTD; St. Mary’s County Commissioners President Randy Guy; Diana Bailey, Executive Director, Maryland Women’s Heritage Center; Brigadier General Janeen Birkhead, Assistant Adjutant General, Maryland Military Department; State Senator Jack Bailey, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties; Elizabeth Hughes, Director & State Historic Preservation Officer, Maryland Historical Trust.