On Saturday, September 28, Senator Jack Bailey attended a ceremony to unveil a highway marker commemorating the Margaret Brent Pilgrimage in St. Mary’s City. The marker, which has been placed in front of the St. Mary’s City Post Office, commemorates the journey of Maryland suffragists in 1915 from Baltimore to St. Mary’s City in support of giving women the right to vote. The Pilgrimage was named for Margaret Brent, a St. Mary’s County plantation owner who petitioned for the right to vote in the 1600s, who served as an example for these suffragists. This commemoration is part of Maryland’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in the United States.
This highway marker is another reminder of the rich history of St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties. Senator Bailey was honored to speak at this event and present the Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution with an official General Assembly citation to commemorate the unveiling of this highway marker.