Harriet LaFetra (1823-1906)
Women’s Heritage Trail
— Shrewsbury Friends Meeting and Cemetery —
The petition was acknowledged and denied by the New Jersey Assembly
“The majority of the Special Committee, to whom was referred the petition of Harriet M. Lafetra and others, inhabitants of the county of Monmouth, stated that they, said petitioners, believe ‘that men and women alike suffer many evils,’ and requesting a revision of the statutes of New Jersey, so as to remove ‘various and grievous legal disabilities under which the latter are placed, and thereby establish the legal equality of women and men,…” The report concluded by reporting “adversely to the prayer of their petition.”
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Top box-The Shrewsbury Friends Meeting and Cemetery is the burial site of Harriet Lafetra, a Monmouth County Hicksite Quaker who petitioned that state legislature for the legal equality of women with men under New Jersey Law. Because of her integral role in the Women’s Reform Movement, Ms. Lafetra is on the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail.
Bottom box-The New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail highlights a collection of historic sites located around the state that represent the significant contribution women made to the history of our state. The Heritage Trail brings to live the vital role of women in New Jersey’s past and present.
Erected by New Jersey Historic Trust-Historic
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • Women. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail, the Quakerism, and the Women's Suffrage series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 16, 1906.
Location. 40° 19.471′ N, 74° 3.635′ W. Marker is in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Sycamore Avenue. The marker is in the back behind the Meeting House and in front of the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shrewsbury NJ 07702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Quaker Meeting House (a few steps from this marker); This Sycamore (within shouting distance of this marker); Patriot Isle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christ Church (about 400 feet away); Battle of the Bulge Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dunwoody Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); Soldiers Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); Van Kirk Park (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shrewsbury.
Also see . . . Harriet LaFetra - New Jersey Women's History. (Submitted on April 11, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 10, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.