Livingston Civic, Garden Club to celebrate women’s suffrage

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The Justice Bell (The Women’s Liberty Bell) is a replica of the Liberty Bell made in 1915. It was created to promote the cause for women’s suffrage in the United States from 1915 to 1920. The bell is on permanent display at the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge National Park in Pennsylvania.

by Robbie Melton

Ring A Bell

The Livingston Civic and Garden Club would like to encourage everyone to ring a bell at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 to celebrate 100 years of women obtaining the right to vote.

In 1920, Governor A.H. Roberts called the Tennessee General Assembly into session in August. After a number of tied votes, Harry Burn of McMinn County changed his vote from “no” to “yes.” Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment and it became the law country-wide. Church bells rang out across the nation, but not in Tennessee. Let’s make amends for this slight and ring our bells for Gov. Roberts, Harry Burn, and all the women who fought so hard for the 19th Amendment.

19th Amendment

Celebration Walk

Everyone is invited to join the Livingston Civic and Garden Club at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 for a celebration walk in honor of women’s suffrage. Everyone should meet at Gov. A.H. Roberts Law office (on the corner of Roberts Street and University Street). From there, the group will walk in celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by the Tennessee General Assembly. The walk will go down University Street, up Church Street to the Overton County Courthouse. Anyone who feels like they cannot make the entire walk can join in at any point. Participants are encouraged to wear white, and to wear masks while maintaining social distancing.