As Philadelphia wraps up this year’s Pride Month celebrations, a look back at artists and lifelong companions Violet Oakley and Edith Emerson. Both were muralists and illustrators- Oakley painted the murals at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Emerson’s work is on the walls of the Philadelphia Little Theatre. Violet was part of the Red Rose Girls, an all-female artist collective who lived together at the Mount Airy home they called Cogslea. When the Red Rose Girls disbanded, Edith and Violet moved in together and remained together until Violet’s death. Afterwards, Edith kept Violet’s studio open as a museum until 1981. In a newspaper clipping from 1931 the pair visit Strawberry Mansion to view the Book of Honor, a hand-calligraphed book of notable women in Pennsylvania history created by activist Sarah Dickson Lowrie and artist Carolyn Haywood. The Book of Honor is still on display at Strawberry; so is Oakley’s imposing oil portrait of Lowrie. Schedule your visit today to view them and to learn more about Oakley, Emerson, and other women who made their impact on Philly’s history.