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Women’s Suffrage Walk offers insight into American struggle for universal voting rights

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Saturday, August 22, 2020; Women’s Suffrage Walk – A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment, Professor Avenue in Tremont: A story board with some history of the voting rights efforts titled “Black women fought for the right to vote on two fronts”. Story boards, each containing some of the history of the women’s suffrage and voting rights efforts in the United States, were placed along the self-guided Our Neighborhood Votes Women’s Suffrage Walk.

Women’s Suffrage Walk offers insight into American struggle for universal voting rights

(Plain Press, September 2020)       The Women’s Suffrage Walk, a self-guided tour by Our Neighborhood Votes, held on Professor Avenue in Tremont on Saturday August 20th, offered a history of efforts toward universal suffrage from the organizing of the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848 up to the present day. The event celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution which granted women the right to vote. It also featured the continued struggle by African American women to secure voting rights which led to Congress voting to approve the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Eight stations along Professor Avenue featured story boards depicting various eras of the struggle for universal suffrage. The stations also included photos and paintings to go with the story boards. Story Boards offered lessons in the history of the women’s suffrage movement, Ohio’s critical role in the fight for women’s right to vote, the contributions by African American women to voting rights both before and after the passage of the 19th Amendment and some thoughts on current issues involving voting rights.

Neighborhood volunteers and volunteers from the League of Women Voters were stationed along the Walking Tour to offer participants assistance in registering to vote, applying for vote by mail applications, and updating their voter registration information by checking at 443vote.com.

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN
Saturday, August 22, 2020; Women’s Suffrage Walk – A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment, Professor Avenue in Tremont: For African American women the fight for voting rights included a struggle for both gender and racial equity.

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN
Saturday, August 22, 2020; Women’s Suffrage Walk – A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment, Professor Avenue in Tremont: A painting on display is of suffragettes marching for the right to vote.

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN
Saturday, August 22, 2020; Our Neighborhood Votes Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment enshrining the right of women to vote, Professor Avenue, Tremont neighborhood: (L-R) Shannon Adams, Becca Riker and Sandy Smith are ready to help register new voters. Sandy Smith urged voters to check and update, if necessary, their registration, or request an absentee ballot by visiting: 443vote.com.

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN
Saturday, August 22, 2020; Our Neighborhood Votes Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment enshrining the right of women to vote, Professor Avenue, Tremont neighborhood: (L-R) Seronica Powell and Marian Heffernan work to register new voters and pass out vote by mail applications.

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