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An initiative of The Cora di Brazzà Foundation, "Forward into Light" highlights the linkages between two movements: the Women's Suffrage movement and the Peace Through Law Movement. We "enter the forest" of these linkages by focusing on specific visual objects such as The Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, which was sculpted in Italy by Adelaide Johnson (1859-1955). Commissioned by the National Woman's Party to mark the passage of the 19th Amendment (in 1920), the Monument was unveiled in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 15 1921. A replica of the Portrait Monument is on display at Art Reach in Mt. Pleasant throughout August 2021. Highly symbolic, Johnson's statue is an "information delivery device" that unlocks a treasure trove of stories rich with moral energy, and deeply relevant to the present. Numerous photos and videos connected to the statue are displayed on the replica statues via a technology known as "projection mapping." The object of this project is to deliver education that connects us to persons and their inspiring stories. These narratives not only provide concrete models of the virtues, but also help to satisfy the need to belong in a nourishing and healthy way.
The phrase "Forward Into Light" became associated with suffragist and pacifist Inez Milholland. The slogan "Forward Out of Error, Leave Behind The Night, Forward Out of Darkness, Forward Into Light" was used on the banners and other materials of The National Woman's Party, which was instrumental in the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. In 1923, the National Woman's Party also introduced the Equal Rights Amendment (also known as the "Lucretia Mott Amendment"). The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was never ratified and has since expired. The Hulu miniseries "Mrs. America" focuses on the fight for the ERA in the 1970s. See our Products Page for the "Question Producer", a pin created in 1927 for the campaign for the ERA, and containing symbolism that was used by the Peace through Law Movement.
Adelaide Johnson's Portrait Monument in background as civil rights icon and practitioner of non-violence, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), lays in state at in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, July 27, 2020.