Johnson City TN Suffrage Centennial Celebration

Martha C. Chandler Exum (Mrs. W. J. Exum) (1868 - 1954)


Arabella Lyle, Johnson City Suffrage Club (1860 - 1952)


Florence Metzger (Mrs. J. Preston Metzger) (1875 - 1955)

Source: Tennessee State Museum Archives and Research by Tom Roberts

Definition and Mission: An inclusive, non-partisan alliance honoring the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement focused on the  Johnson City and Tennessee stories. Our objectives are to educate our community and celebrate the winning of Women’s franchise.

Underlining the inclusive efforts of the Coalition, the following link contains information regarding African American Suffragists.

Additional information on some of these women can be found on the Featured Sufffragists page.


Timeline of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the U.S.

Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial Collaborative

Suffrage trail honors a woman's place — in Tennessee history. Click here for story.

Johnson City Suffragists

Mary Eliza Shaut White  (Mrs. Hugh White)(1885 - 1965)

Lula Belle Milburn Divine (Mrs. Paul Divine) (1881 - 1955)

Margaret Powell (Mrs. Ferdinand Powell) (1889 - 1970)

Grace Armbrust (Mrs. L. Armbrust)(1866 - 1966)


Mary Florence Ella Williams (Mrs. Captain Wm. Elbert Franklin Milburn) (1859 - 1910)

   *President, JC Congressional Union for Woman  Suffrage

Eunice Proctor (Mrs. E.K. Perkins) (1878 - 1956)

   *Secretary, Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage

Alpha Leona Richardson Sells (Mrs. George Sells)(1881 - 1962)

   *Sister-in-law of Representative Sam Sells

Our thanks go out to Larry Dale Smith, "volunteer photographer" for sharing his photos taken during the mural presentation!

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