Tennessee holds a special place in passing the 19th Amendment into law, extending voting rights to women. We were the final state needed for ratification, and our legislators came through with a two-vote victory margin. We plan to celebrate the amendment’s 100th anniversary in 2020 with this special monument to make Clarksville a stop along the state’s Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail stretching from Chattanooga to Memphis.
Sculptor Roy Butler was commissioned by the Tennessee Triumph Steering Committee, under the umbrella of the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, to create the 1.25X life-sized statue. The entire project, from design to installation, is slated to cost an estimated $125,000.
The sculpture will represent all Clarksville women who worked for suffrage and voted in that first election. For authenticity, the artist used 1920 Clarksville artifacts from the Customs House Museum in his design.
In the winter of 2018, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville hosted an exhibit, The Nature of Things: Alison & Frank Lyne, featuring artwork inspired by the women’s suffrage movement.
Help us honor Clarksvillians who worked to extend voting rights to all American women by donating to fundraising efforts for this 7-foot bronze statue to be placed on Public Square.