Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Birthplace of Georgia's Woman Suffrage Movement
In 1890, Augusta Howard founded the Georgia Woman Suffrage Association in Columbus at her family's antebellum mansion. It was Georgia's first organized effort to gain the vote for women. In 1894, Howard persuaded the National American Woman Suffrage Association to hold its 1895 meeting in Atlanta. After the convention's rousing success, NAWSA president Susan B. Anthony visited the Howard family in Columbus. But Howard faced bitter opposition from her brothers, who forced her withdrawal from the suffrage movement.
Industrialist G. Gundy Jordan, an early woman suffrage supporter, inspired other elite women and men to form the Muscogee County Equal Franchise League in November 1913. The movement was dominated by upper-class whites who made no effort to enlist working-class or African-American women. Persistent lobbying led Congress to pass the 19th Amendment in 1919. Despite the Georgia legislature's rejection, other states ratified it in 1920. Georgia was one of two states barring women from the 1920 elections because the registration deadline had passed. Columbus women finally could register to vote in 1921 and soon became a
Erected 2020 by Historic Columbus Foundation, The Columbus Consolidated Government, Dr. Virginia E. Causey, and Supporters of the Women's Suffrage Movement.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 32° 27.881′ N, 84° 59.443′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is at the intersection of East 10th Street and 2nd Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East 10th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus GA 31901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Red Jacket (a few steps from this marker); Primus King and the Civil Rights Movement (a few steps from this marker); POW✯MIA Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Hospitals (within shouting distance of this marker); Ladies Defender (within shouting distance of this marker); Springer Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Thomas H. Brewer (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Columbus Symphony Orchestra (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Also see . . . Marker dedication. (Submitted on May 19, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.