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Statue of Annie Kenney in Oldham

Unveiling of the Statue of Oldham Suffragette, Annie Kenney

The official unveiling of a statue to the Oldham Suffragette, took place on the steps of the Old Town Hall, on a bitterly cold day. Exactly 100 years to the day when a woman was allowed to vote in a general election, but it was not until 10 years later could ALL women do the same.
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Annie Kenney Statue - unveiling
Annie Kenney Statue - unveiling
A large crowd of people starts to gather in the foyer of Gallery Oldham.
Many were dressed as Suffragettes
Annie Kenney Statue - unveiling
Annie Kenney Statue - unveiling
Led by a band and with banners, we marched across Union Street and up to the Old Town Hall.
Where the Mayor, Oldham MP Jim McMahon and members of the Kenney family watched with us, as local school children pulled the cords to reveal Annie.
Annie Kenney Statue - unveiling
Members of the public then laid flowers around the foot of the statue, in acknowledgement of all that she did to help get women the vote
statue of Emmeline Pankhurst
A statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, founder and leader of the Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU), was also unveiled in St Peters Square, Manchester, on the same day.

Account with photos, courtesy of Joan Secker Wlodarczyk.
Photo Of Emmeline Pankhurst statue. courtesy Sue Forshawe

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