Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Nineteenth Amendment To The United States Constitution
The Right of Citizens of the United States To Vote Shall Not Be Denied
— Or Abridged By The United States Or By Any State On Account Of Sex —
How Tennessee Became "The Perfect 36"
Centennial Park was the site of several suffrage rallies in the 1910s as suffragist marched from the state capitol to the park. They gave speeches and performances to thousands in attendance to garner support for the 19th Amendments eventual passage in 1920.
In August 1920 Tennessee all-male legislature met for three weeks in special session to ratify-with a majority of but a single vote - the so-called Susan B. Anthony Amendment. Introduced into the legislature by a united Shelby County Delegation. This action marked the moment of enfranchisement for one-half of the country's adult population because Tennessee (which was immediately proclaimed "The Perfect 36" by commentators and cartoonist of the day) thereby became the pivotal 36th State needed to complete ratification by three-quarters of the then 48 states. It also marked the climax of 72 years of ceaseless campaigning by four generations of American women activist. Seasoned veterans of the suffrage struggle said this last battle - Armageddon in Nashville - was the toughest ever. The decisive drama that unfolded during those
Erected by The Five-Five Society & The Yellow Rose Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Government & Politics • Women. In addition, it is included in the Women's Suffrage series list.
Location. 36° 9.018′ N, 86° 48.728′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker is on West End Ave, on the left when traveling north. Located just behind the Parthenon in Centennial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2500 West End Ave, Nashville TN 37203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Major Wilbur Fisk Foster (within shouting distance of this marker); The Nashville Parthenon (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); United Nations Visit To Nashville (about 600 feet away); The Parthenon (about 700 feet away); John W. Thomas (about 700 feet away); Federal Defenses (about 700 feet away); HCA Healthcare (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lieutenant James Simmons Timothy (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
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