The Sarah Farmer Peace Award honors Royaline B. Edwards

Oct 14, 2020 | News + Announcements

Teacher, author and playwright Royaline B. Edwards received the The Sarah Farmer Peace Award in an online award ceremony on Saturday, September 19th†. The Award recognizes the contributions of individuals and/or groups in the Greater Seacoast area who take effective local action to promote peace and understanding among members of the human family.

The Award is named in honor of Sarah Jane Farmer, a turn-of-the-century peace heroine, who was born in Dover, New Hampshire, in 1847. She founded the Green Acre Conferences in Eliot, Maine, where the first known peace flag in the world was hoisted in 1894. Inspired by Sarah Farmer’s vision of world peace and guided by the principles encapsulated in a message from the Universal House of Justice, The Promise of World Peace, addressed to “the peoples of the world”, it has been presented annually by the Bahá’í Community of the Greater Seacoast Region beginning in 2005.

The evening’s program included a brief overview of Sarah Jane Farmer, introductions to former laureates, and a presentation by Royaline. We are happy to share the video recording of the event for those who could not attend.

The International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace. In harmony with this ideal The Sarah Farmer Peace Award is presented on the nearest Saturday to that date. For more information on our organization and past laureates, visit