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Woman's Health Protective Association Fountain
Located along Riverside Drive at 116th Street, this marble stele and drinking fountain was designed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Woman’s Health Protective Association (WHPA) of New York City in 1909.
Bruno Louis Zimm (1876–1943), who also created the Slocum Memorial Fountain in Manhattan’s Tompkins Square Park, received the commission to sculpt this monument. Dedicated in 1910, the stele depicts two female figures holding a lamp. These forms were representative of the Association’s commitment to shedding light on the public health issues facing women. The names of its members are inscribed along the benches to the right and left of the stele.
Members of the WHPA were usually part of the city’s elite, and Charlotte Wilbour, one of the names inscribed along the Riverside Park benches, helped to found the first New York City Woman Suffrage Association in 1870. This more radical branch of the movement (in comparison with the relatively conservative chapter in Boston) lobbied against the passage of the 15th amendment, which proposed to give suffrage to African-American men. Leaders Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth
The dream of the founding suffragettes finally actualized on August 16, 1920, eleven years after this fountain was commissioned. With the vote in hand, the National Woman Suffrage Association disbanded, but its surviving members went on to become the core of the League of Women Voters and to continue the focus on women’s health issues in New York City.
Erected by the Woman's Health Protective Association of New York City to commemorate its twenty fifth year of activity on behalf of the public health 1884---1909
Mary E. Trautmann, President - Esther Herrman - Frances Stiebel - Helene S. Bell - Anna C. Holt
Erected 1910 by Woman’s Health Protective Association (WHPA) of New York City.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Civil Rights • Science & Medicine • Women.
Location. 40° 48.533′ N, 73° 57.958′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverside Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10027, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harlan Fiske Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Cecil B. DeMille (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lajos Kossuth Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Harlem Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kossuth (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel J. Tilden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Tilden Statue (approx. 0.2 miles away); Low Memorial Library (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. Woman's Health Protective Association Details. Official NYC Parks description (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Woman's Health Protective Association. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
3. Charlotte Beebe Wilbour. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on December 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 25 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 12, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.