October 16, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 163 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
ELIZABETH BUFFUM CHACE POST OFFICE; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 163
(House of Representatives - October 16, 2019)
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[Pages H8171-H8172] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ELIZABETH BUFFUM CHACE POST OFFICE Mr. ROUDA. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 2451) to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 575 Dexter Street in Central Falls, Rhode Island, as the ``Elizabeth Buffum Chace Post Office''. The Clerk read the title of the bill. The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 2451 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. ELIZABETH BUFFUM CHACE POST OFFICE. (a) Designation.--The facility of the United States Postal Service located at 575 Dexter Street in Central Falls, Rhode Island, shall be known and designated as the ``Elizabeth Buffum Chace Post Office''. (b) References.--Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United States to the facility referred to in subsection (a) shall be deemed to be a reference to the ``Elizabeth Buffum Chace Post Office''. The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from California (Mr. Rouda) and the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Gosar) each will control 20 minutes. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from California. General Leave Mr. ROUDA. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this measure. The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from California? There was no objection. Mr. ROUDA. Mr. Speaker, I yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from Rhode Island (Mr. Cicilline). Mr. CICILLINE. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. [[Page H8172]] Mr. Speaker, I am honored to stand before you today to memorialize the remarkable life and legacy of Elizabeth Buffum Chace, a leader of the abolitionist and suffrage movements in Rhode Island, by naming a post office in her honor in the city of Central Falls. Born in 1806, Elizabeth Buffum Chace was raised by Quaker parents outspoken about their opposition to slavery, often harboring fugitive slaves in their home seeking refuge in Rhode Island. Elizabeth soon became an activist herself, passing around petitions, organizing groups of abolitionists, and even later opening her own home as a station in the Underground Railroad. Chace spent most of her life in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and was steadfast in her dedication to advancing women's rights, prison reform, and the abolitionist movement. She became known as the Conscience of Rhode Island for her passion for creating social change and her leadership in the face of adversity. During her later years, she settled down with her husband in Valley Falls, near the present-day city of Central Falls. She was committed to bettering the lives of others, serving as president of the Rhode Island Women's Suffrage Association, and helped organize a Female Anti-Slavery Society in Massachusetts. She also served on the Ladies' Board of Visitors to the Penal and Correctional Institutions of the State, which examined conditions in the State prison. Chace's tireless, lifelong activism embodies the best of Rhode Island's values and remains an inspiration for progress still to come. Elizabeth Buffum Chace continued fighting for women's rights and prison reform in her later years. She eventually passed away on December 12, 1899, and was buried in Providence, Rhode Island. Her legacy was memorialized in 2002, when a bronze bust of Chace was displayed at the Rhode Island State House, the first woman to receive this honor, in recognition of her extraordinary accomplishments. The dedication of the Central Falls Post Office will serve to commemorate her impact and advocacy for women, children, and communities of color. Her legacy lives on today through the Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center, founded in 1977 by the Warwick Junior League Women's Club to serve as a shelter offering support and services for women and children suffering from domestic violence. Rhode Island has been forever changed by Elizabeth Buffum Chace and her life's work creating social change. She was a legendary suffragist and abolitionist in the 19th century, and her importance to the State of Rhode Island should be honored by dedicating the Central Falls Post Office in her name. I am proud to have had the opportunity to honor such an icon as Elizabeth Buffum Chace. I would like to extend my gratitude for the support from my friend and colleague Congressman Jim Langevin and also to thank the mayor of the city of Central Falls, Mayor James Diossa, who generated this idea, for his leadership. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation. Mr. GOSAR. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 2451, introduced by my friend, Representative David Cicilline. This bill names a post office located in Central Falls, Rhode Island, in honor of Elizabeth Buffum Chace. Ms. Chace was born to a Quaker family in 1806 in Providence, Rhode Island. She would spend her life as a civil rights activist and eventually be known as the Conscience of Rhode Island. She played a crucial role in the antislavery movement. She opened her home as a stop on the Underground Railroad and was a key organizer for the abolitionists. Ms. Chace was also a fierce advocate for women's rights and served as the president of the Rhode Island Women's Suffrage Association. I urge my colleagues to support this legislation. Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time. Mr. ROUDA. Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time. The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from California (Mr. Rouda) that the House suspend the rules and pass the bill, H.R. 2451. The question was taken; and (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the rules were suspended and the bill was passed. A motion to reconsider was laid on the table. ____________________