It is with deep regret that we mark the passing of ACLU of NH co-founder Ann Richardson Stokes on November 20 at the age of 85. She was known for her kind and enthusiastic support of her community and for her passionate interest in politics, women’s issues, civil rights and environmental and world affairs.
Ann was a fierce advocate for civil rights which led her and others to establish the New Hampshire affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1968. Thanks to her staunch support and encouragement, the ACLU of New Hampshire developed into her vision for the Granite State: a strong defender of civil rights in the courts, the state house and in town halls across the state.
She was a talented poet, painter, writer, and thespian. She also created a retreat for women artists on her Welcome Hill property in the 1970s. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
Devon Chaffee Executive Director ACLU of New Hampshire