League of Women Voters announce a year of suffrage events

Zirconia Alleyne | For the Eagle Post

Hopkinsville League of Women Voters smile while receiving a proclamation signed by Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks and Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble, celebrating the day the commonwealth ratified the 19th amendment.

The Hopkinsville League of Women Voters is hosting multiple events to mark 100 years of women's voting rights in Kentucky.

On Monday, the LWV received a proclamation signed by Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks and Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble, celebrating the day the commonwealth ratified the 19th amendment.

The Hopkinsville Art Guild hosted event on Wednesday during its Midday at the Gallery program. That event included a historical review of the suffrage movement and previewed other upcoming events relating to the Suffrage Centennial Celebration.

On Feb. 22, the Hopkinsville/Christian County Public Library will hold a screening of "Iron Jawed Angels" at 2 p.m. The movie follows women's suffrage leaders Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they use peaceful protests to help lead to the eventual granting of women's rights to vote.

March will launch Women's History Month. On March 13, the Chautauqua players will perform "Madeline McDowell Breckinridge" at University Heights Academy and Hopkinsville High School. The play will also be performed at Hopkinsville Community College the next day.

At 6 p.m. March 19 at the Hopkinsville Community College auditorium during the school's Valiant Women of the Vote human rights event, the school will recognize local women who had a part in the movement.

The Historical Women in Hopkinsville events will also be throughout April until August.

From noon until 1 p.m. April 8, the Hopkinsville Art Guild Gallery will hold the event at its Midday at the Gallery. On April 25, the Picnic with the Past event will be held at Virginia Park, with character actors portray influential women in Hopkinsville.

The time for the Virginia Park event has yet to be determined. Events in May, June and July have also yet to be determined.

The events will culminate at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 with a march in a parade celebrating ratification day at the Museum of Hopkinsville and Christian County. A historical marker in memory of Mary Bronaugh, a Hopkinsville native and the first woman admitted to the Kentucky Bar association, will be dedicated.

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