Mother's Day
Michigan Historical Marker

Historical Marker The official observance of Mother's Day resulted from the efforts of Anna Jarvis of Philidelphia. In 1868 her mother had organized a Mother's Friendship Day in a West Virginia town to unite Confederate and Union families after the Civil War.

Anna Reeves Jarvis died on the second Sunday of May 1905. In 1907 her daughter began promoting the second Sunday in May as a holiday to honor mothers.

Following an act of Congress in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May Mother's Day.

Read the first side of this marker, about Albion being the location of first known observance of Mother's Day in 1877, and a link to additional information about Juliet Calhoun Blakeley .

Corner of Ionia and Erie St.s; ID; L1723C; March 15, 1990; 1990

Learn more about Juliet Calhoun Blakeley and her involvement in the Underground Railroad
Frank Passic's historical article on this topic.

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