Re: Women's Equality Celebration in Downtown Frankfort, 21 August 2021

These Frankfort activists below will be honored with a bronze medallion at their gravesites in the Frankfort Cemetery, thanks to the leadership of Mary Ann Burch. At 9:00 AM on August 21, you can participate in a one hour guided tour. Transportation provided via Frankfort Trolley. Register at the Cemetery office, 215 E Main St, Frankfort, KY 40601. Download the (.pdf) brochure of the tour here.

Rose Edwards Sower (1878-1930) Frankfort suffragist

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.

Hamilton Female College Delegation in Lexington's 1916 Suffrage Parade

KY Woman Suffrage

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.

Julia Woodworth Connelly c1914

Julia Woodworth Connelly (18 August 1857 - 28 July 1948) was Director of Expression and Dramatic Art at Hamilton College in Lexington, Ky. She was recruited by Luella Wilcox St. Clair (later Moss) to Kentucky in 1903 from St. Louis, Missouri. Connelly had been teaching speech and drama at Lindenwood College for Women (now Lindenwood University) and Alma College.

Pamphlet of suffrage sites in downtown Lexington KY

Title: "A Tour of Downtown Lexington, KY of Sites Relating to Women's Suffrage History"

Publication: Developed by Randolph Hollingsworth, PhD, in support of Breaking the Bronze Ceiling - an initiative to build a monument commemorating women's history in the Bluegrass. See more at

Date: [2019]

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