Congratulations to the Frankfort Suffrage Women Cemetery Project members! A donation of $10,000 has been given to the Frankfort Cemetery to support the project to identify and honor suffrage leaders buried in the Frankfort Cemetery. Bronze medallions, designed by Sallie Clay Lanham, great granddaughter of Mary Barr Clay, have been placed at the gravesites of twenty-five women and men buried in the Frankfort Cemetery.
Mary Reddig Cramer (1847-1915) of Lexington was a Vice President of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association from 1892 to 1913. She was also a member of the Woman's Club of Central Kentucky and the Kentucky chapter of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. She attended many of the conventions of the National American Woman Suffrage Association between 1893 and 1912. This image was supplied to H-Kentucky for the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project by Walt Cramer, her great-grandson.
A wedding photo of Virginia "Jennie" Lee Hazelrigg O'Rear (9 August 1963 - 20 November 1944) and her husband Edward Clay O'Rear - they married on November 29, 1882, in West Liberty. They moved to Frankfort in 1912, and in 1916 Jennie O'Rear led the Kentucky Equal Rights Association's Suffrage Plank Committee for the Republican Party. Image shared from family descendant Lee Barnard.
Rose E. Edwards Sower was an active member of the Franklin County Equal Rights Association, and she held many different offices in the Kentucky Equal Rights Association. In 1916 she was appointed the Kentucky member of the Publicity Committee for the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
An image of Rose E. Edwards Sower (22 August 1878 - 29 November 1930) shared by her descendant John Sower of Frankfort to support the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project here on H-Kentucky network and the campaign led by Mary Ann Burch to commemorate suffragists buried in the Frankfort Cemetery.
Perhaps it was the charisma of the vision that the new president Burris Jenkins had for a rejuvenated Transylvania College soon after he arrived in 1901. Perhaps it was the long tradition of Lexington's support for women's professional education and higher learning. At any rate, new faculty hires at Transylvania and the newly merged Hamilton Female College in the early 1900s created a unique grouping of women's rights activists.