Newport Suffragette remembered
A forgotten Newport heroine will be commemorated on Sunday 2nd June – 100 years since the death of suffragette Emily Davison.
Margaret Haig Mackworth (Viscountess Rhondda) was a remarkable woman. She ran the Newport branch of the Suffragettes. In 1913 she posted 'a small incendiary device' in a post box at Risca Road Newport. She refused to pay a fine, was imprisoned and released only after she went on hunger strike.
On Sunday the same post box will be decorated in Suffragette colours and speakers will pay tribute to the legacy of Newport’s pioneers for democracy and equality.
The Viscountess was not only a leading suffragette; she was a distinguished journalist and business woman. Her campaign to win a place in the House of Lords succeeded in 1958 two weeks after her death. She was not an enthusiastic arsonist but saw it as a means to an end.
Box will be decorated at 11.00 am Sunday 2nd June
The letterbox is in the cemetery wall on Risca Road (Approximately) opposite Penllyn Avenue.
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