Updated: Sep 10
With uncertainty continuing around the public health issues with COVID, the State has decided to postpone traveling programs, which includes the 19th Amendment display that was scheduled to be at the library on Sept 25th. The State announced that they, “…look forward to working with [libraries] to reschedule this exhibit or any other one we offer when we can include lots of robust programming around the exhibit. We certainly don't consider it a cancellation, but a postponement.”
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Original Post: Women’s right to vote: NC's original 19th amendment on display at the Gunn Memorial Library! Saturday, September 25, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Gunn Memorial Library Meeting Room 161 East Main, Yanceyville, NC 336-694-6241
This exhibit consists of North Carolina's original copy of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution sent to NC for ratification in 1919, ten archival documents, and other items relating to women’s suffrage (pro- and anti-suffrage propaganda, political cartoons, and a suffragist’s sash). The history-making content in the 19th amendment is as follows: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
Women lobbied, marched, picketed, and protested for the Constitutional right to vote since 1848, and since 1894 in NC. The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude." It was ratified on February 3, 1870, as the third and last of the Reconstruction Amendments. However, it wasn't until Jan. 10, 1918 that the US House of Representatives approved the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. Adoption required approval of 36 states. In 1920, when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify, the 19th amendment became law. The NC General Assembly rejected the measure in 1920. Finally in 1971 they endorsed the amendment, making 2021 the 50th anniversary of NC’s ratification of the women’s right to vote amendment.
Caswell County Public Library was only 1 of 16 libraries throughout the state of North Carolina to be selected to host the amendment, which is normally housed in the vault of the State Archives! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see an original copy of the 19th amendment!