Women's Heritage Trail
— Shrewsbury Friends Meeting and Cemetery —The settlement of Quakers in the colony of New Jersey is regarded as an important contribution to a progressive tradition in the state. Then as now, Quakers believed in equality and in granting women a unique role in their communities. Quakers believed the presence of God in everyone and therefore a women was a man's equal. At that time, the outside community did not recognize the equality of women and, in particular, a woman's right to speak out in public. Harriet LaFetra actively contributed to the Shrewsbury Monthly Meeting. Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and in 1857 petitioned for women to have legal equality under New Jersey law. She was the first woman known to have petitioned the state legislature on behalf of women's rights and woman's suffrage in New Jersey. Although other petitions had been submitted earlier, Lafetra's was the first recorded effort. Married in 1844 to Joseph Preston Lafetra and a resident of Shrewsbury, Harriet LaFetra died on April 16, 1906 and was buried next to her husband in the cemetery at the Shrewsbury Friends meetinghouse.
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|Placed By||New Jersey Historic Trust-Historic Preservation Office|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, April 11th, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 579808 N 4464199|
|Decimal Degrees||40.32451667, -74.06058333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 19.471', W 74° 3.635'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 19' 28.26" N, 74° 3' 38.1" W|
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|Area Code(s)||732, 848|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 355 Sycamore Ave, Shrewsbury NJ 07702, US|
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