American Woman Suffrage Association and Kentucky Woman Suffrage Association

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Project Name:
Kentucky Woman Suffrage

Name of Historic Site:
Old Opera House (later the Kaufman-Straus department store)

Event(s)/Use associated with woman/group/site:
Site of the 1881 meeting of the American Woman Suffrage Association



Zip Code:
Street Address: 
427-437 South 4th street, Louisville Ky, 40202

Associated Organization:
4th Street Live/Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Years of Importance:
Geographic Location: 
Your Affiliation: 
The League of Women Voters of Kentucky

Additional Comments:

This was the 11th Annual Meeting of the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) held on October 26 and 27, 1881. This was the first time Louisville hosted a national suffrage event - and the first in the South. Organized by AWSA President Lucy Stone and Mary Barr Clay (who became AWSA president in 1883) at the home of Mary Jane Warfield Clay in Lexington. The convention gathered many who were curious about the suffrage movement, and it also gave birth to Kentucky's first suffrage organization (and the first in the South), the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Association.