The centennial of suffrage for many women in the United States is approaching in 2020. With this landmark anniversary embodied in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation have partnered to launch a new historic marker program which is part of the National Votes for Women Trail (NVWT).
The fourth of five markers in Kentucky will be dedicated at 1:30 pm on August 25, 2019 at Josephine Henry’s home 210 Montgomery Ave. in Versailles, KY to commemorate the legacy of Josephine Henry. Henry co-founded the KY Equal Rights Association in 1888. She was the first woman to run for statewide office in Kentucky and is credited with the passage of the 1894 KY Married Woman’s Property Act. In 1895 she served on Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s The Woman’s Bible revising committee.
Coline Jenkins, a descendent of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Dr. Kathi Kern, author of Mrs. Stanton’s Bible and Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky and historian Aloma Dew will address guests. The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Chorus will perform inspirational suffrage music.
The Woodford County Historical Society will host a reception immediately following the marker dedication ceremony at their office located at 121 Rose Hill Drive in downtown Versailles.
About the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS)
The National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) is a non-profit organization established to support and promote the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women’s participation in American history. NCWHS is dedicated to making women’s contributions to history visible so all women’s experiences and potential are fully valued. Visit: www.ncwhs.org.
About The William G. Pomeroy Foundation
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 875 grants for historic signage in New York State and beyond. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org.
About the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project
The Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project (https://networks.h-net.org/kywomansuffrage) works with the National Votes for Women Trail (NVWT) a project of the NCWHS to identify the many sites that were integral to the suffrage movement. To see the NVWT map, visit: https://ncwhs.org/votes-for-women-trail/
Marsha Weinstein, National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites 502-819-2537
Judy Phillips, Woodford County Historical Society 859-879-8667