Clarksville statue dedication will help celebrate 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

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CLARKSVILLE, Tn. — On August 15, the city of Clarksville plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with the dedication of a monument on Public Square.

This monument is to become an addition to the state’s Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail, which stretches from Chattanooga to Memphis. The monument — named “Tennessee Triumph — was commissioned by the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council (AHDC).

“We decided to ask a sculptor to create a woman every woman could identify with — whether she is black or white, young or old,” said AHDC executive director Ellen Kanervo. “Clarksville suffragists were people like you and me who accomplished something really important by partnering with other women like you and me.”

This highly detailed, life-size bronze sculpture was created by Nashville sculptor Roy Butler.

“Tennessee Triumph” will be unveiled on August 15 beginning with a suffrage march at 5 p.m., starting from the Montgomery County Courthouse and ending at Public Square. A dedication will follow at 6 p.m. Open to the public, AHDC encourages everyone to wear the colors associated with the suffragist movement — yellow, purple or white — as well as a mask.

For more information, go to visitclarksvilletn.com or artsandheritage.us.

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