Sunday, February 17, 2013

INEZ | Leads DC Parade,1913

Inez waits to start the DC suffrage parade on March 3, 1913, the eve of
Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. This photo was the basis of the iconic
painting of Inez Milholland that still hangs in the lobby of the Sewall-
Belmont House (renamed the Paul-Belmont National Monument). 

The NY Times, p. 1, Mar. 4, 1913, said: “Through all the confusion and turmoil the women paraders marched calmly, keeping a military formation as best they could.”

The 5,000 suffragist marchers–men and women–left the Capitol and marched along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, with 500,000 onlookers.

“Two New York women shared in the honors of the day. One was Miss Inez Milholland and the other was Gen. Rosalie Jones, who with her hikers occupied a place near the end of the line.

“Miss Milholland was an imposing figure in a white broadcloth Cossack suit and long white-kid boots. From her shoulders hung a pale-blue cloak, adorned with a golden maltese  cross. She was mounted on Gray Dawn, a white horse belonging to A. D. Addison of this city. Miss Milholland was by far the most picturesque figure in the parade.”

“At one time at the height of the disorder Inez Milholland helped to restrain spectators by riding her horse into the crowd.”