Fellsmere in Indian River County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Birthplace for Equal Suﬀrage for Women in Florida
At a February 1915 meeting at the Dixie Theater, Fellsmere citizens accepted the articles of incorporation unanimously. The charter included a unique proposal that women be “granted full and equal privilege for suffrage in municipal elections.” Local bills seldom received close scrutiny from legislators, and the equal suffrage provision went unnoticed. In signing the act that created the town of Fellsmere, Governor Park Trammell, in effect, gave women the right to vote in its municipal elections. In the June 19, 1915 city election, Mrs. Zena M. Dreier was the first woman to cast a ballot in Fellsmere, in all of Florida, and south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The town residents took much pride in this unique woman’s right, and urged neighboring municipalities to follow the ‘Fellsmere Way’ to equal suffrage. In 1919, a U.S. Constitutional amendment granted suffrage to women. But history will note that Fellsmere led the way.
Erected 2004 by National Organization for
Location. 27° 46.383′ N, 80° 36.077′ W. Marker is in Fellsmere, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker is on North Broadway Street (County Road 507), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fellsmere FL 32948, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Fellsmere Railroad (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Marian Fell Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fellsmere Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fellsmere (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fellsmere Union Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Fellsmere Public School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fellsmere Grade (approx. 3.4 miles away); Roseland (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fellsmere.
Also see . . . The Women's Suffrage Yearbook 1917. (Submitted on December 13, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Civil Rights • Government • Notable Events • Politics • Women •
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