December patch: Adelaide Knight

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December patch: Adelaide Knight

10.00

Adelaide Knight was a key figure in the East End suffrage movement, the leader of the Canning Town branch of the WSPU. She lived in Bethnal Green with her husband,  Donald, who took her surname. Donald was a sailor from present day Guyana, who shared Adelaide's socialist principles and commitment to women's suffrage. Adelaide used crutches and endured a life of poor health, so she and Donald also shared domestic responsibilities. When she was offered the chance to be spared from a prison sentence following a suffragette action, if she agreed to behave, she and Donald decided she should stick by her cause and serve her time, despite the couple having two tiny children at the time. Their story is one of principle, love and loyalty. 

Black velvet with silver and red embroidery thread, echoing the East End pearly kings and queens visual tradition.

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