Submitted by the Frances Willard House Museum
Join the Frances Willard House Museum at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 for a virtual conversation about the progress of the Black Women of the WCTU initiative, a research database documenting the significant but underexplored role of Black women in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.
Black Women of the WCTU follows up on the 2019 Truth-Telling virtual exhibit that addressed the conflict between Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells. The research for Truth-Telling showed us that many Black women held leadership roles in the WCTU, but that their activism has not been fully explored by historians. Fortunately, the records and documents held in the WCTU Archives provide a wealth of information to help fill the gap.
As Black Women of the WCTU rolls into its second year, we will engage in a lively conversation about the project’s discoveries and challenges with two graduate students whose energy, talent, and enthusiasm have made our progress possible.
This program is part of the Views series at the Willard House, which examines topics in women’s history with new eyes.
To register for this free virtual event, click here. Donations are encouraged and can be made here.
For more information, visit www.franceswillardhouse.org.