First Unitarian Church

Historical marker #2173 in Louisville acknowledges the contributions of the First Unitarian Church toward the civil rights and women's suffrage movements. The First Unitarian Church hosted Susan B. Anthony and Carrie Chapman Catt in January of 1895, during their tour through the South to promote women's suffrage.

The Kentucky tour of the National American Woman's Suffrage Association (NAWSA) organizers, which included Anthony and Catt, was organized by Kentucky suffragist Laura Clay. Anthony asked Clay to outline a two-day itinerary in sixteen different Kentucky cities. Based on Clay's schedule, Anthony and Catt began their Kentucky tour in Lexington before visiting other Kentucky cities including Wilmore, Louisville, Owensboro, and Paducah. It was while visiting Louisville that Anthony and Catt spoke at the First Unitarian Church.

This trip through Kentucky was part of a larger effort to launch the suffragist movement in the southern states. Immediately following their recruiting trip through Kentucky, Anthony, Catt, and Clay headed to Atlanta, Georgia, for the annual NAWSA convention. Southern suffragists looked to Clay in particular for guidance and leadership.

The First Unitarian Church, which is located in the "Old Louisville" historic district, is still active today and is associated with the churches of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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First Unitarian Church

First Unitarian Church

This photograph shows the First Unitarian Church, Louisville, in 1927. In 1895, the congregation hosted suffragists in a tour through the southern states. Courtesy of the University of Louisville. View File Details Page

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony, pictured here, visited Louisville in 1895 on a suffragist tour. Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society. View File Details Page

Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt

Suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, pictured here, visited Louisville with Susan B. Anthony in 1895. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. View File Details Page

First Unitarian Church

First Unitarian Church

This present-day photograph shows First Unitarian Church in Louisville. Photograph courtesy of Amy Roe. View File Details Page

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Amy Roe, “First Unitarian Church,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed April 29, 2017, http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/338.
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