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Pioneering women’s suffragist Judith Winsor Smith to be honored with Pembroke bridge dedication

Pembroke, MA – Representative Josh S. Cutler, Senator Susan Moran, and Representative Kathleen LaNatra will be hosting a bridge dedication ceremony at the Pembroke Senior Center in conjunction with the Pembroke Historical Society on Friday, June 16 at 11 AM.

The bridge dedication ceremony will honor Ms. Judith Winsor Smith, a pioneering women’s suffrage activist, social reformer, and abolitionist who lived in the town of Pembroke.

Born in 1821, Ms. Winsor Smith played a prominent role in the women's suffrage movement until the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. At the remarkable age of 99, she exercised her right to vote for the first time. As a pioneer and the inaugural president of one of Massachusetts' earliest women's clubs, she left an indelible mark.

Born in Marshfield, she relocated to Duxbury as a young woman to pursue a teaching position. In 1841, she married a shipbuilder, with whom she had six children. The early years of their marriage were spent in Pembroke before they eventually settled in East Boston. Smith died on December 12, 1921, at the age of 100. Smith was known as “the oldest suffragist,” or “Aunt Judith” to younger women’s rights activists.

WHO: Representation Josh Cutler

Senator Susan Moran

Representative Kathleen LaNatra

Pembroke Selectboard Member John Brown

Pembroke Historical Society

WHAT: Judith Winsor Smith Bridge Dedication

WHEN: Friday, June 16, 2023 at 11:00 AM

WHERE: Pembroke Senior Center, 144 Center St., Pembroke

A formal bridge name unveiling will follow on site after the ceremony. For questions, please contact Cole Angley in Representative Josh S. Cutler’s office at (617) 722-2013.



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