Honoring Rep Lois DeBerry

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The late, great Rep. Lois M. DeBerry will be honored with a bust in front of the glass wall of the Memphis Suffrage Monument, "Equality Trailblazers." This monument will be a part of the Memphis Heritage Trail, the TN Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail, and the National Votes for Women Trail. 

·   First black woman elected to the General Assembly from Shelby County in 1972 and the second statewide.

·   Won re-election 20 times straight.

·   Served as House speaker pro tempore, elected by her House colleagues, from 1987 until 2011.

·   First woman to hold the office and had the longest tenure in it in state history. 

·   One of the state's most effective political leaders, a bridge between the Black Caucus and the legislature's top leadership and governors.

At the time of her death in July 2013, she was the longest serving member of the Tennessee House. She was also a national leader in numerous organizations and an active Delta Sigma Theta member.

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Alan LeQuire is sculpting a bust of Rep. Lois DeBerry for the "Equality Trailblazers" monument in Memphis. It will be located on the river side of the University of Memphis Law School. Unveiling is set for August 18, 2019, the date the state House ratified the 19th Amendment.
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Alan LeQuire has nearly completed Rep. DeBerry's plaque which will be featured on the monument's base. Go by the studio at 4304 Charlotte Ave. in Nashville to see it!
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Many thanks to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., for their support!
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Raised by 6 people in 54 months
Created November 28, 2014
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Ann Davis
18 days ago
Carol Chumney
19 days ago

Lois DeBerry was an amazing woman! So glad to see her honored for the 100th!

Nancy Lawhead
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