Lynchburg Museum’s new exhibit celebrates the ratification of women’s right to vote

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The exhibit introduces a mother-daughter duo, who were Lynchburg’s leading suffragists – Elizabeth Langhorne Lewis and Elizabeth Otey (Pictured above: courtesy Lynchburg Museum)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in the United States.

The Lynchburg Museum will open a new exhibit on Friday called “We the Women: Commemorating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment,” as part of a series running all year celebrating the anniversary.

While the road to ratification was long and difficult, women activists throughout the country worked tirelessly for over 100 years to get the right to vote.

The first installment — “The Battle of Ratification” — will feature two of Lynchburg’s leaders in the movement, mother and daughter Elizabeth Langhorne Lews and Elizabeth Otey. Visitors will also learn about other suffrage activists who founded the “Equal Suffrage League of Lynchburg” and the actions they led across the city and region, said the museum.

As part of the series, the museum will host two traveling exhibits, “Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today” from the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, from Apr. 13 – May 23, and “We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia,” from the Library of Virginia, from Aug. 17 – Sept. 26.

This series entails three additional parts that will be rolled out in the summer, until the end of the year. This exhibit will be on display until March 2021.

The opening night of the exhibit will include the opportunity for visitors to make their own suffrage buttons sponsored by Riverviews Artspace. This free event is scheduled for Friday, March 6, from 5-8 p.m. at the Lynchburg Museum, located at the Old Court House, 901 Court St. Refreshments will be served as part of First Friday.

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