Allegheny County Parks Foundation Executive Director Caren Glotfelty (center) receives the first donation to the Suffragist Grove from Women of Wet Weather. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is on hand to announce the project.
The Suffragist Grove was founded in Hartwood Acres Park on August 18, 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. This park was selected as the site because Mary Flinn Lawrence, who owned the mansion with her husband before it was acquired by Allegheny County, had a long history of advocating for women’s voting rights.
The inspiration to plant this stand of trees rose from the early days of the movement. Activists who had been jailed were encouraged to plant trees as part of their healing process. This grove was inaugurated with one ceremonial Tulip Poplar tree. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald helped plant the first tree along with County Council member Anita Prizio and Allegheny County Parks Foundation Executive Director Caren Glotfelty. Visit the site in the vicinity of the parking lot just beyond the mansion’s Great Lawn and look for the interpretive sign.
Allegheny County Parks, Eisler Nurseries, Elsie H. Hillman Foundation, Tree Pittsburgh, Women of Wet Weather (WOWW), and generous individuals
Help the Allegheny County Parks Foundation plant a living tribute to the women and men of the past who waged the valiant battle to secure the right for all women to vote and to those of today who are still fighting for the rights of women and all people. Your donation today will expand this grove and serve as a lasting memory to their efforts.
Donations of $250 or more will be recognized on signage at the Suffragist Grove. You can choose to be recognized personally for your contribution or to commemorate someone special who champions women’s rights. Permanent signage will be installed during the final phase of the project.