Lucy Stone, the West Brookfield-born abolitionist and suffragist, is the namesake of an annual citizenship award given by the Quaboag Historical Society.
Stone, the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, was a feminist before the term had even come into use. She openly supported rights for women and railed against slavery in an era when women weren't supposed to publicly voice opinions.
The state has designated March 8 as Lucy Stone Day. Winners of the award, who must be nominated, are announced each year during the second week of March.