August 26, 2006—the Woman Suffrage Memorial by sculptor Alan LeQuire is unveiled at Market Square Mall—after the culmination of 11 years of effort and a suffrage parade through downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Suffrage Coalition was founded to create a lasting memorial to the suffragists of Tennessee. The suffragist's efforts focused a nation as the last campaign was fought successfully to change the constitution. The Suffrage Coalition has erected a life-size, bronze statue featuring three Tennessee suffragists: Lizzie Crozier French of Knoxville, Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville, and Elizabeth Avery Meriwether of Memphis.
The grassroots effort to create the memorial is contininuing to fundraise for the care of the statue. Read more about how you can support this historic memorial and honor women's rights.
A Lasting Memorial, the Statue Inscriptions
"All honor to women, the first disenfranchised class in history who unaided by any political party, won enfranchisement by its own effort alone, and achieved the victory without the shedding of a drop of human blood."
~ Harriot Stanton Blatch
"The young women of today - free to study, to speak, to write, to choose their occupation - should remember that every inch of this freedom was bought for them at a great price... the debt that each generation owes to the past, it must pay to the future."
~ Abigail Scott Dunaway