Knoxville in Knox County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
To Febb Ensminger Burn and her son, Harry, who made Tennessee the state whose ratification of the 19th Amendment enfranchised American women - a giant step toward a more perfect union.
This memorial stands as a reminder:
Every vote counts
Every letter or phone call counts
One more person doing the right thing can make all the difference
Erected by the Suffrage Coalition
…Hurrah and vote for suffrage and don’t keep them in doubt. I have noticed Candler’s speech, it was very bitter. I’ve been watching to see how you stood, but have not seen anything yet…don’t forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. “Thomas Catt” with her “rats” as she is the one that put rat in ratification. Ha!...
With lots of love,
After reading the bitter anti-suffrage speeches and vicious attacks on the suffragists, Febb Burn was inspired to write a letter to her 24 year old son (legislator from Niota) urging him to “do the right thing” and vote for woman suffrage. Although he believed his constituents opposed woman suffrage, faced with a tie that would
Harry T. Burn
Born in Niota Tennessee, Harry served in the Tennessee House of Representatives (1918-1922) and in the Tennessee Senate (1948-1952). After his historic tie-breaking vote, Governor Roberts called in the National Guard to protect him. A grand jury was convened to investigate the motive for his last minute change of vote. When called to answer for his vote he explained:
I knew that a mother’s advice is always safest for a boy to follow and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification.
Febb Ensminger Burn
A graduate of U.S. Grant University (now Tennessee Wesleyan), Febb was intensely interested in national and international issues. She taught before marrying James Lafayette Burn (stationmaster at Niota Depot) in 1894. Along with Harry Burn’s brother Jack, she ran the 120 acre Hathburn Farm. She had mixed feelings about Harry’s interest in a political career, but urged her son to to the right thing and vote for woman suffrage.
Lists of donors not transcribed
Erected by The Suffrage Coalition.
Topics. This historical Civil Rights • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1894.
Location. 35° 57.829′ N, 83° 55.12′ W. Marker is in Knoxville, Tennessee, in Knox County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and Clinch Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Market Street, Knoxville TN 37902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Knoxville's Old Custom House / Fiddlin' Bob Taylor (a few steps from this marker); Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Christopher Krutch (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tennessee Ernie Ford (about 300 feet away); Gay Street (about 300 feet away); Krutch Park (about 300 feet away); Gay Street and the Civil Rights Movement (about 400 feet away); Market House Bell (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Knoxville.
Also see . . . Harry T. Burn at Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 26, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 26, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.