FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 2016
More than 95 years after Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, public art celebrating this achievement will be unveiled during a ceremony on Women’s Equality Day, August 26, 2016, from 11 am – 1 pm. There is nothing in Nashville outside the State Capitol building that depicts Tennessee’s pivotal role in enfranchising all American women in 1920.
Noted artist Alan LeQuire has created the sculpture featuring five important women involved in the final ratification battle in Nashville in August 1920. The art was commissioned by Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, Inc., and will be prominently displayed in Centennial Park near The Parthenon.
“We are grateful to former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and current Mayor Megan Barry as well as the Metro Parks Department for their strong support,” said Paula F. Casey of Memphis, TWSM president. “Our volunteer statewide board is donating this $900,000 historically significant sculpture to Metro so this history will be preserved.”
LeQuire, who did the bas relief in 1998 that’s hanging inside the state capitol as well as the Knoxville woman suffrage sculpture in 2006, has said, “This is what I want to do with the rest of my career, memorialize these women.”
The five historic women, who are honored in monumental bronze, 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 Tennessee to direct the pro-suffrage forces from the Hermitage Hotel.
The other TWSM board members are: Jacque Hillman of Jackson; The Hon. Linda Knight, Esq., Nashville; Adrienne Pakis-Gillon, Vice-President, Germantown; Rosetta Miller-Perry, Nashville; The Hon. Patricia A. Pierce, Treasurer, Harriman; The Hon. Alma Sanford, J.D., Nashville; The Hon. Janis Sontany, Nashville; and The Hon. Yvonne Wood, Secretary, Lebanon.