Seneca Falls - Wesleyan Chapel

Seneca Falls - Wesleyan Chapel Tragedies and Triumphs Nineteenth Century Life American History Civil Rights Famous Historical Events Social Studies

On July 19 and 20, 1848, the first Women's Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. This image depicts the remains of the Wesleyan Chapel where the meetings were held.

Around 300 women and men attended that convention.  Frederick Douglass was there and signed the Declaration of Sentiments which Elizabeth Cady Stanton helped to draft. 

The National Park Service now owns the Wesleyan Chapel.  The building had fallen into disrepair - as depicted above - but the Park Service has rehabilitated the structure.

It is fair to say that the women's rights movement officially began in this building during July of 1848.

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Image online, courtesy U.S. National Parks Service.




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