More than 100 years later, Ida B. Wells' 1895 wedding announcement on the front page of the New York Times is making headlines.
Wells, who is most known for her work as a staunch antilynching advocate and muckraking journalist back in the late 1800s as well as being a founding member of the NAACP, made history when a short paragraph describing her nuptials to Ferdinand L. Barnett in Chicago appeared on page one of the famous New York newspaper. The NYT describes the event as "anything but unremarkable" saying, "That the nuptials of a black woman, born into slavery 33 years earlier, could make the front page of The Times, speaks to a woman who was, by definition, remarkable."
But what may have been even more remarkable about Wells was her commitment to the humanitarian causes she was most passionate about. The Times described her as a "sharp-tongued career woman uninterested in being tied down." That is, until she met Barnett, a fellow feminist and "a race man." Meeting the love of her life didn't stop her from being a workaholic though! She actually ended up postponing her wedding a total of three times so that she could keep up with her busy activist schedule.
Finally, on the 27th of June in 1895, Wells said her "I dos" in a highly-publicized ceremony. People flocked to the church, journalists and fans of hers alike.
"The interest of the public in the affair seemed to be so great that not only was the church filled to overflowing, but the streets surrounding the church were so packed with humanity that it was almost impossible for the carriage bearing the wedding bridal party to reach the church door," the NYT quoted from Wells' autobiography.
Now THAT'S a wedding entrance if we've ever heard of one.
Such a grand entrance requires a grand wedding dress to match. According to the Times, the bride walked down the aisle wearing a "white satin trained gown trimmed with orange blossoms." As for the bridesmaids, they donned lemon crepe dresses with white ribbons, slippers and bows.
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