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Rev. Florence Spearing Randolph.

Trailblazer: Florence Spearing Randolph

Leader of Suffrage movement in New Jersey

By David Wildstein, January 16 2023 12:01 am

Rev. Florence Spearing Randolph (1866-1951) founded the New Jersey Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs in 1915 and served as president until 1927.

Randolph also served on the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association executive board and played a pivotal role in securing support for the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

She was the first African American woman to become a student at Drew University and among the first women to be ordained as a pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.  She built her own church in Summit in 1925.

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