Countless widows served briefly as light keepers without recognition and perhaps compensation. While many women served heroically alongside their husbands, some served immediately after the deaths of their husbands. Others declined an appointment as light keeper after the death of their spouses.
Ann Taylor whose husband, William Taylor, died requested to be relieved as light keeper of Cape St. George. A letter forwarded to me by Author and Historian, James Hargrove describes her plight. Anne’s spouse was the official light keeper 1849-1850.
“Shattering the Lens” an exhibit debuting Sept 24-October 20 at the National Lighthouse Museum in Staten Island, New York sheds light on the dynamic impact of female lighthouse keepers. The exhibit is inspired by the book “Women Who Kept the Lights” by Mary Louise Clifford and J. Candace Clifford.
For further information, visit http://lighthousemuseum.org/lectures/