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Grand opening of Women’s Suffrage Exhibit in Farmerville Monday

Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 9:53 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) -The Union Museum of History and Art will host the grand opening of a new women’s suffrage exhibit in Farmerville on Monday. It’s called “Determined to Rise: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Louisiana.”

The exhibit is presented by Southeastern Louisiana University to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. It will feature informational banners describing the events leading up to women’s suffrage, a video, and costumes.

“There are so many women’s names that we need to recall and remember and they actually have paved the way for us nowadays and we can be grateful to so many of these women,” said Jones.

Some of the women featured in the museum include Shirley Chisholm and Ida B. Wells who are recognized for trailblazing paths in politics and journalism. The exhibit is also showcasing history through fashion.

“The South Arkansas Arts Council Theater in El Dorado has loaned us a number of garments that tell us more about what women wore in the 1920′s,” she said.

The exhibit was developed with grant support from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Everyone will be asked to wear masks and there will be hand sanitizer provided. Visitor hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The grand opening reception on August 3 will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Women will be asked to wear white in honor of the suffragists.

This exhibit is a traveling exhibit throughout the state and will run at the Union Museum of History and Art at 211 N. Main St. in Farmerville until August 14.

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