Scenes from dedication of suffragists memorial

A new statue by Alan LeQuire was unveiled today at Centennial Park honoring the women of Tennessee who fought for women’s right to vote. From The Tennessean, the women depicted are:

Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville; Abby Crawford Milton of Chattanooga; J. Frankie Pierce of Nashville; Sue Shelton White of Jackson; and Carrie Chapman Catt, national suffrage leader who came to Tennessee to direct the pro-suffrage forces from the Hermitage Hotel.

LeQuire, of course, is responsible for perhaps the most famous piece of public art in Nashville, the Musica statue on the traffic circle at the north end of Music Row. This newest work is likely to attract a lot less controversy and probably fewer dress-up pranks! No doubt though this statue will probably feature in political rallies in the future. The site itself was chosen because Centennial Park was frequently used by Nashville suffragists for rallies and marches in their quest for the vote.

I’ll add a clean view of the statue to this post later – obviously I wasn’t going to get one in the midst of the unveiling. (And speeches – way too many speeches.)

Located on the other side of a roughly circular green space from the front (east) side of the Parthenon.  There is plenty of parking in and around Centennial Park, particularly if you are willing to walk a bit, and given how nice the park is, why not?

UPDATE: Here’s an unobstructed view.

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