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Museum of the Grand Prairie is opening a new suffrage exhibit

March is Women’s History Month, and 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote (though it took much longer for black women to be able to freely exercise this right), and Museum of the Grand Prairie will be unveiling a new exhibit called How Long Must Women Wait? Woman Suffrage and Women’s Rights in Champaign County.

There will be a special program on Saturday, March 7th at 1:30 p.m. that is free and open to all. It will feature students from Eastern Illinois University’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, who will give short first person interpretations of famous women in history.

According to the museum, the new exhibit will showcase “the woman suffrage movement, locally and nationally, as only one landmark in a long continuing struggle for women, and other marginalized people, to claim an equal role in society.”

There will also be an accompanying speaker series, which will be announced at a later date. 

Image from Facebook event page, courtesy of The Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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