Celebrate Mary Burnett Talbert’s Legacy
Come celebrate the life of pioneering Civil Rights activist and suffragist Mary Burnett Talbert on Friday, October 22 during the dedication of a historic marker that honors her extraordinary leadership. A ceremony to commemorate Talbert’s legacy will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the front yard of the New Union Center for the Arts at 39 South Main Street, with the unveiling of her marker at 5:00 p.m., and a lemonade reception to follow. The marker will be installed near 9 South Main Street, where the Burnett family home once stood. Collaborating organizations on this initiative include the City of Oberlin, Oberlin African-American Genealogy and History Group, Oberlin Heritage Center, and the NAACP – Metro Central Unit 3183. Special thanks go to Katrina Walker, a former AmeriCorps member through the Ohio History Service Corps program, as well as FAVA, the Oberlin College Archives, and Madeline Scott. Please RSVP by October 20 if you plan to attend by emailing [email protected] or by calling (440) 774-1700. In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place at the same time on October 27.
The marker is part of the National Votes for Women Trail, a program of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS). The marker is also supported by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.
Photo credit: The Champion Magazine, October 1916