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Time and Date: 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2017
Location: Offices of the Lexington History Museum, Suite 312, The Square, 401 West Main St., Lexington, KY
Cost: Free and open to all
The Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project's work on Lexington and the surrounding Fayette County is the focus of the July 21 LexArts Gallery HOP. The 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is in 2020. The Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project is preparing for the centennial. 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 Gallery Hop will feature not only Lexington leaders in the local and state Woman Suffrage Movement 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; the University of Kentucky Libraries' Special Collections Research Center; Eastern Kentucky University Special Collections and Archives; and, the Lexington History Museum, Inc.