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.
Events and Projects
The events and projects listed here are created and planned in order to achieve our objectives of Celebrating, Educating, and Honoring the legacy of the local and Tennessee Suffragists. Among other exciting Coalition developments, our historians have found that there was a 1916 Johnson City parade re-enactment of the famous 1913 Washington DC Suffragists’ March. The leader of the Johnson City March rode a white horse and participants dressed in white as they proceeded to Fountain Square for a rally.
The artistic rendering to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th ammendment and honor the history of the Women's Suffrage Movement is complete. Additional information on the mural content, placement and public reveal is available on the Mural page.
Saturday, February 29 (7:00 - 9:00 PM)
Vibes and Votes - an all-local women’s music concert, poetry readings and silent auction headlined the event. It was a successful night of entertainment and fund raising All proceeds went toward the creation and placement of the mural mentioned above.
Oral History Gathering and Storytelling Project
Currently through May 2020, we are gathering histories via interviews with local people—especially those who have a living memory of the early 20th Century, or a memory of family members who were impacted by women’s enfranchisement. The interview documentation will be used to create a Storytelling project to be presented in the July – August timeframe. If you or someone you are familiar with should be involved in this effort, please let us know through the contact page.
Reece Museum Reception and Exhibit
From mid-August through the end of September, a Women’s Suffrage Exhibit will be presented at the Reece Museum on ETSU campus. A reception will be held at the Museum to kick off the Exhibition during the second week of August 2020. More details concerning this event and exhibit will be announced later.
Historical and Interpretive Markers Placements
Our historians are working with the State of Tennessee, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and the Tennessee Votes for Women Trail to procure and place historical markers in locations where our local suffragists gathered or lived in the early 1900’s.