Today, we're joining the women of the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (W.O.N.P.R.), who rallied in Wilmington, Delaware for the repeal of national prohibition laws on this date, August 8th, in 1932.
W.O.N.P.R. was founded in 1929 by Pauline Morton Sabin (1887-1955) to advocate for the repeal of Prohibition. By 1932, the organization counted over 600,000 members and had a leadership dominated by women who, like Sabin, were wealthy and well-connected wives of American industry leaders.
Alice Belin du Pont (1872-1944), wife of Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954), counted herself among the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform membership. In this photo, Pierre’s brother, Irénée du Pont (1876-1963) can be seen in the upper row of men, third position from left.
This photograph is part of the Hagley Library’s collection of P.S. du Pont photographs (Longwood) (Accession 1969.002). You can view more items from this collection, including more material documenting the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform, by clicking here to visit its page in our Digital Archive.