In preparing for the 2020 celebrations of the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, LexHistory will host two two events in July highlighting the pivotal role of Kentucky women in the long campaign to secure woman suffrage,
July 21: LexArts Gallery HOP: Lexington was a leader in building and sustaining the movement for women's right to vote. The 19th Amendment was ratified 82 years from Kentucky’s groundbreaking statewide law in 1838 for woman suffrage (partial, for educational issues only); and, 41 years from when Mary Barr Clay started the first permanent Kentucky women’s club focused on suffrage (the Fayette County Equal Suffrage Association). African-American women of Lexington and Fayette County played a crucial role in bolstering woman suffrage at the local, state and national levels.
The exhibit will feature not only the Clay women and African-American leaders but also Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, a national leader in women's rights efforts. The exhibit is a collaboration of the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project; Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate; and the UK Special Collections Research Center.
5-8 p.m. July 21, 2017, Suite 312 of The Square, 401 West Main Street in Lexington. Free and open to all.
"Toward Equality: A History of Kentucky Women and Voting Rights"
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Tates Creek Branch, Lexington Public Library
Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, assistant provost at the University of Kentucky and historian, will present a program titled "Toward Equality: A History of Kentucky Women and Voting Rights."
This talk will focus on the history of Kentucky women's role in building the momentum for the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The families of Lexington and Fayette County - black and white - raised several generations of activists who pushed for women's rights throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. Intriguing characters, scandals and dissenting voices - all provide a view of Kentucky history rarely discussed.
Part of the Lexington History Museum Speaker Series, the program is free and open to all.