Providence, RI – Elizabeth Buffum Chace was to become first woman memorialized with a statue in the Rhode Island State House. A 26-inch tall bronze bust was scheduled to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon.
Chace was a mother of ten, a pioneer for women's suffrage, and fought against slavery. She resigned from the Providence Woman's Club because it would not admit a black teacher. She defended the rights of mill workers, and she lobbied for a state school for homeless children. She died in 1899.
Several historical women were nominated by a Commission to Memorialize the Contributions of All Rhode Island Women. Finalists included abolitionist Christina Carteaux Bannister and Portsmouth founder Anne Hutchinson.
WRNI's Deborah Becker spoke with historian Elizabeth Stevens about the life of Elizabeth Buffum Chace.