Georgetown in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Jessie Daniel Ames
Following her husband’s death, Jessie operated the Georgetown Telephone Company with her mother and became active in civic projects, including the Woman’s Club. She joined the Texas Equal Suffrage Association and worked to acquire voting rights for women. She led a large group of women to the Williamson County Courthouse to register to vote for the first time in 1918. The Texas Equal Suffrage Association reorganized as the Texas League of Women Voters in 1919, and she served as its first president until 1924.
A champion of civil rights causes, Ames was active in the Commission on Interracial Cooperation. Opposed to the use of chivalry as a justification for lynching, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and formed the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching in 1930. She retired in 1944 and moved to Tryon, North Carolina. Ames later returned to central Texas and died in an Austin nursing home in 1972. She is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Georgetown.
Erected 1988 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13878.)
Location. 30° 38.081′ N, 97° 40.56′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker is on South Church Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1004 S Church St, Georgetown TX 78626, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founding of Georgetown (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Georgetown Fire House and Old City Hall (about 500 feet away); Emzy Taylor (about 500 feet away); St. John’s United Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Old Dimmitt Building (about 700 feet away); C.C. and Mattie Hughes Cody House (about 700 feet away); Cooper Sansom House (about 800 feet away); Lesesne-Stone Building (The KGTN Building) (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Georgetown.
Also see . . .
1. Williamson County Historical Museum. (Submitted on December 25, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
2. Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on December 25, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
Categories. • Civil Rights •
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