A New Monument in Tennessee Highlights Black Women in the Suffrage Movement

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Artist Alan LeQuire sculpting the bust of Ida B. Wells (courtesy of the author).

On the cusp of the 19th Amendment’s centennial, the trailblazers who paved the way for today’s voters and politicians are starting to get the recognition they deserve. The state of Tennessee is leading the way with the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail, which includes markers, monuments, and gravesites that were important in the state’s suffrage movement. One monument was created in Knoxville in 2006 that depicts three suffragists: Lizzie Crozier French of Knoxville, Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville, and Elizabeth Avery Meriwether of Memphis. A decade later, Nashville installed another depicting five suffragists, including an African American, J. Frankie Pierce. Now, there will be one in Memphis. Nashville sculptor Alan LeQuire designed all three monuments.

The latest monument will consist of steel, bronze busts, and LED lighting with two glass walls–each 28 feet wide, 8 feet…

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