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Media Advisory: Exhibit Opening at the History Center

Published on Jan 6, 2020

Bartow, Fla (Jan. 6, 2020) – The media is invited to attend the exhibit opening and reception for “The 19th Amendment at 100 Years: a Milestone of Democracy for Women’s Suffrage.” Pre-registration for the public for this event was required, and all three events are fully booked.

Opening night will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, and the evening’s program includes a dramatization of the life of Florida’s first congresswoman, Ruth Bryan Owen, and a performance of the play, “The Remarkable Susan,” by Tim Kelly, based on the 1872 trial of Susan B. Anthony, offered by Harrison School for the Arts students. Additional performances of “The Remarkable Susan,” and the dramatization of the life of Ruth Bryan Owen are scheduled at 6 p.m on Jan. 10  and 2 p.m. Jan. 11.

Before the passage of the 19th Amendment, women had limited voting rights around the country. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women’s constitutional right to vote.

The Polk County History Center’s new exhibit chronicles the women’s suffrage movement on both national and local levels. The exhibit features women who led the charge for women’s voting rights, including national leaders Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, plus some of Florida’s suffrage champions, including Dr. Mary Jewett, Mary McLeod Bethune and Marian Horwitz, Florida’s first female mayor. Suffragists were often arrested, imprisoned and ostracized, but were undeterred from achieving equal rights.

The Polk County History Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow. Visit or call (863) 534-4386 for more information on exhibits and programming. All programs and events are free and open to the public.