Bill advances to honor Rhode Island abolitionist, suffragist
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — A bill renaming a Rhode Island post office in honor of a 19th-century abolitionist and suffragist has cleared the U.S. Senate.
Rhode Island’s congressional delegation introduced legislation in both chambers to honor Elizabeth Buffum Chace by naming the Central Falls post office after her. Democratic Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse say it passed the Senate Tuesday and must now clear the House of Representatives.
Chace dedicated her life to advocating for women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. The Rhode Island Historical Society says she married Samuel Chace in Fall River, Massachusetts. Their home in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, became a way station for escaped slaves and abolitionist speakers.
They built their Central Falls home in 1858.
Chace led the Rhode Island Women’s Suffrage Association in the late 1800s.