Women's right to vote in school board elections In Lexington, Covington and Newport (Kentucky's second-class cities) was revoked in late January 1902. During the Lexington school board elections of 1901 there was a swell of political activity by Black women who were supporting the Republican Party. In fact, more black women registered to vote than white women. Newspapers and politicians alike complained that “illiterates” and “prostitutes” had overwhelmed the women’s voter booths. Lexington's Representative William A. "Billy" Klair and Senator J.
In 1894 the Kentucky General Assembly passed the partial suffrage statute granting "second class cities" the right to set up booths for women to vote for school boards. Since then, black and white women had been voting in good numbers, however a series of activities in 1901 led to an unusual turnout of African-American women in Lexington to register to vote - with a large winning margin of Republican over Democrats. The Herald separated out the tallies of the women’s registrations by race - showing a total of 1,883 "colored" vs. 775 "white" women voters' registration.
Under the direction of Josephine Henry, the Fayette County Equal Rights Association (FERA) set up a booth in the Lexington Manufacturers Exposition that opened on 17 December 1894 and lasted for three weeks.
A leader in woman’s rights and suffrage as well as the National Equal Rights Party’s 1884 presidential nominee, Mrs. Belva Anne Lockwood gave a public lecture at State College (now the University of Kentucky) on “The Woman of Today.” The event was well advertised and supported by the Fayette County Equal Rights Association.
Mary (sometimes called Marie) Verhoeff was born around 1872 (several different birth dates are recorded) in Louisville. Her father, Herman Verhoeff, was born in 1827 in Westphalia, Germany; landed in New York with his family in 1836; and moved with them to Kentucky in 1838. Herman went into the grain business in Louisville and in 1873 built the first grain elevator south of the Ohio.
Cornelia Alexander Beach was born around 1870 in Indiana; neither her exact date nor place of birth is reliably recorded. She was the daughter of George R. Beach, a printer, and Frances (Fannie) M. Beach, a teacher, and was one of four siblings. Cornelia Beach grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana. As George Beach died in 1876, Cornelia and her brother and sisters were raised by their mother, who taught in the public schools of Terre Haute.
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