Remembering Miss Eleanor Marx
PUBLISHED: 15:15 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010
THE youngest daughter of one of the world s best known revolutionaries had a plaque unveiled at her former house on Tuesday to celebrate her socialist and feminist work. The English Heritage Blue Plaque was unveiled commemorating the work of Eleanor Mar
THE youngest daughter of one of the world's best known revolutionaries had a plaque unveiled at her former house on Tuesday to celebrate her socialist and feminist work.
The English Heritage Blue Plaque was unveiled commemorating the work of Eleanor Marx, daughter of Karl Marx, who was a socialist campaigner. It now stands at 7 Jews Walk, Sydenham where Miss Marx lived for the three years before she committed suicide in 1898. The plaque was unveiled by Lewisham West MP, Jim Dowd while architectural historian, Dr Gavin Stamp from English Heritage, local historian Steve Grindlay and Peter Cormack , formerly of the William Morris Gallery gave speeches. There was also a performance by the Strawberry Thieves Socialist Choir. Miss Marx, nicknamed 'Tussy', worked alongside her father as his secretary from the age of 16.
She later went on to act, translate books and was a member of numerous political organisations.
She lived with her life long partner Edward Aveling with whom she founded the Socialist League, a political group whose most prominent member was William Morris.
In 1898, she discovered Aveling had secretly married a young actress and was so devastated that she took her own life.
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