Unknown artist. Political cartoon satirizing the women who participated in the Edenton Tea Party, March 1775. North Carolina Office of Archives and History
b. 1728, Edenton, North Carolina; d. 1796, Edenton, North Carolina
Penelope Barker, an upper-class woman of the antebellum South—Edenton, North Carolina—organized a boycott of British goods to protest the crown's Tea Act of 1773. On October 25, 1774, Barker and some fifty townswomen staged a tea party and ceremonially signed a petition in which they resolved "not to conform to ye pernicious Custom of Drinking Tea [or to] promote ye wear of any manufacture from England" until the Tea Act was repealed (Waldrup, Colonial Women, 118). The event was caricatured in the Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser of January 16, 1775, otherwise it would have passed into obscurity.
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Waldrup. Carole Chandler. More Colonial Women: 25 Pioneers of Early America. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2004.