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An Equal Right to Act: Remembering the Rochester Woman’s Rights Convention of 1848

  • Dates: July 23, 2017
  • Start Time: 10:00 AM
  • End Time: 11:00 AM
  • Times: From: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Location: First Unitarian Church of Rochester
  • Address: 17 Madison Street Rochester, NY 14608-1928



Based on the published Proceedings of the Convention, An Equal Right to Act presents an edited version of the issues that were addressed that day. The Convention was attended by such luminaries as Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but also by fascinating lesser-known individuals including Lucretia Mott, Abigail Bush, Amy Post and William C. Nell. Susan B. Anthony, arriving somewhat later to the woman’s rights movement, was a teacher living in Canajoharie, NY in 1848.

The play will be accompanied by period music and vintage images of some of the participants. The Rochester Convention has been overshadowed in the history books by the Seneca Falls Convention that convened two weeks earlier. However, it was a truly groundbreaking event in that it was the first ever public meeting, attended by both women and men, to be presided over by a woman, Abigail Bush.

An Equal Right to Act will be performed during the weekly service at First Unitarian, which starts at 10:00 a.m. The Church’s credo is Listen, Open and Serve. It welcomes people of all persuasions.

Ira Srole, a member of First Unitarian, is active in both FirstLight Players and the First Unitarian History Team. A photographer with the City of Rochester, Ira has also nurtured interest in music and local history. Although he has participated in community theatre before, both on and offstage, this is his first major effort as a playwright and a director. Ever a realist, he has no plans to quit his day job. Enjoy the show!

Sponsored by: FirstLight Players and the First Unitarian History Team (both are ministries of First Unitarian Church of Rochester)

FREE and open to the public