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Alice Morgan Wright

(1881–1975) An American sculptor, suffragist, and animal welfare activist; Alice was one of the first American artists to embrace Cubism and Futurism. She was also an ardent suffragist.

Alice helped to bring the charismatic Emmeline Pankhurst to a speaking engagement in Paris and felt inspired to go to London herself to join the suffrage movement there. With the National Women’s Social and Political Union, she participated in militant demonstrations in England. She was incarcerated for two months in Holloway Prison, London.

With other suffragettes, Alice protested her treatment by participating in a hunger strike. She used smuggled plasteline to model a portrait bust of her fellow prisoner, Pankhurst. Alice continued her suffrage activism after her return to the United States in 1914. She was Recording Secretary of the Woman’s Suffrage Party of New York during the winning campaign. Alice only returned to sculpture full-time after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. In 1920, she returned to Albany and gradually turned away from art to focus on political activism, especially animal rights, going as far as writing the Peace Plantation Animal Sanctuary organization's 12 Guiding Principles, which are still in use today.

In 1921, Alice helped to create the League of Women Voters of New York State, eventually serving as a delegate to the 1948 United Nations assembly in Paris.

Alice Wright and Edith J. Goode were lifetime companions, having met at Smith College. Together they worked tirelessly for peace and justice.

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Albany Rural Cemetery

Section 29, Plot 42

Cemetery Avenue, Menands, NY 12204

Albany County