Woman Suffrage Monument fundraiser to be held

The Parthenon will be the site of a fund-raiser on Monday, May 9, for the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument. The event is scheduled from 5:30-7 pm and will feature Mayor Megan Barry as the special guest. Alan LeQuire, the artist responsible for Athena inside The Parthenon as well as the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, will also be on the program.

The monument will be unveiled on Women’s Equality Day, August 26, this year at Centennial Park. The five suffragists featured on the monument are Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville, Frankie Pierce of Nashville, Sue Shelton White of Jackson, Abby Crawford Milton of Chattanooga, and Carrie Chapman Catt, the national suffrage leader who came to Tennessee and stayed at the Hermitage Hotel in the summer of 1920 to direct the pro-suffrage forces. All of them were present during the final ratification battle of 1920.

“All American women vote today thanks to Tennessee,” said Paula Casey, TWSM president. “We are grateful to Mayor Megan Barry for her early financial support and for her appearance at the May 9 fund-raiser. There is currently nothing outside the state capitol building that depicts Tennessee’s pivotal role in enfranchising all American women. This monument will be important for heritage tourism and for educating future generations about how American women won the right to vote.”

An RSVP is required to attend. Contact TWSM Secretary Yvonne Wood at [email protected] or call 1-615-969-2857.

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