Honor Tennessee's Suffragists
Making of a Monument
· Tennessee Was the 36th State Needed to Ratify the 19th Amendment (the last of the then 48 states, so Tennessee was named "The Perfect 36")
· The 19th Amendment Enfranchised Half the American Population
· 4 Generations of Women Fought to Win the Vote
· Only 8% of Public Statues in the United States are of Women
History will be made in Nashville again when a monumental bronze sculpture by public artist Alan LeQuire will be donated to Centennial Park, featuring five women who instrumental in the final battle for the right to vote the summer of 1920. All American women vote today thanks to Tennessee.
Donate to the Completion
“This is what I want to do with the rest of my career, memorialize these women.” – Alan LeQuire
Be a part of history with your donation to the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument. The monument was unveiled in its temporary setting at Centennial Park on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, from 11 am - 1 pm. (There is a livestream available to watch. The link is at www.tnsuffragemonument.org) It will be moved to a permanent location once park renovations are complete in two years or so. If you want your name and city engraved, space permitting, on the wall around the monument, those donations of $500 minimum must be made by check and not here. Make check payable to TWSM, Inc., and mail to Yvonne Wood, 405 Westland Dr., Lebanon, TN 37087. She will need your e-mail address so a donor letter for tax purposes can be sent via e-mail.
Visit Lequire Gallery -
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 3pm.
4304 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN 37209
Who Were These Women?
Leaders. Visionaries. Mothers. Ordinary people who did extraordinary things.
Five historic women are honored in monumental bronze, who were present during the final ratification battle in 1920:
· Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville;
· Abby Crawford Milton of Chattanooga;
· J. Frankie Pierce of Nashville;
· Sue Shelton White of Jackson; and
· Carrie Chapman Catt, national suffrage leader who came to TN to direct the pro-suffrage forces.
Three contemporary women who broke barriers in their public service to Tennessee will be featured in bronze plaques on the wall surrounding the monument:
· The late Rep. Lois DeBerry, first female speaker pro tempore and longest serving House member at her death in 2013;
· The late Hon. Jane Eskind, first woman elected statewide in 1980 which was 60 years after ratification; and
· Rep. Beth Harwell, first woman to be elected House Speaker in 2011.
Find out more about these remarkable women and this remarkable story at www.facebook.com/tnsuffragemonument and www.tnsuffragemonument.org.
All contributions are tax-deductible.