A group of Southeastern Louisiana University professors and volunteers is planning events and exhibits in celebration of the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment in Louisiana. The amendment granted American women the right to vote, a right known as women’s suffrage, and was ratified on August 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest.
The Centennial Women’s Suffrage Project is seeking artifacts from women who participated in the women’s suffrage movement in Louisiana. The group is interested in items such as letters, photos, old newspaper clippings, suffrage sashes, copies of speeches, pins or anything a female relative may have left in commemoration of participation in the movement, said Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library Head of Access Services Angela Dunnington.
“The artifacts will be placed in a temporary display at Sims Library on Southeastern’s campus and may become part of an exhibit that will travel to museums and libraries around the state beginning in 2020. All items will be preserved and returned, if the donor so desires,” Dunnington explained. “An object label will specify the history of the artifact and its donor.”