Rhode Island: WCTU Rhode Island, Publisher, 1887. Unbound. Good. Item #019235
Cream colored silk ribbon with purple printing and fringed ends. With a sewn fold over flap at the top. About 6 ½ by 2 1/8 inches. A ribbon issued by the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Rhode Island, reading "W.C.T.U. of Rhode Island/With Love of Mrs. Barney/Psalms 68-28./State Convention/at/Newport,/ Sept. 27, 28 & 29, / 1887." Presumably issued for its annual convention. The Women's Christian Temperance Union was founded in Ohio in 1874, with the principal goal of promoting temperance, through religious, moral and other methods. It eventually expanded its mission to include social reform such as suffrage, child labor, etc. The Rhode Island chapter was successful in helping to pass a prohibition law in the state in 1886, although it was repealed in 1889. It's presumed that the Mrs. Barney referred to on the ribbon is Susan Hammond Barney, a social activist, lecturer and first president of the Rhode Island W.T.C.U. VERY GOOD condition. Minor toning and curling.