The centennial of suffrage in the United States, embodied in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, is approaching in 2020. The third of five markers in Kentucky will be dedicated on June 2, 2 p.m., at White Hall State Historic Site to commemorate Mary Barr Clay.
Clay, the eldest daughter of Mary Jane Warfield and Cassius M. Clay, served as a leader in two national suffrage organizations (National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association) and started the state's first permanent women's rights association in Madison County in 1879. Clay spoke in support of suffrage before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in 1884.
Sallie Clay Lanham, a descendant of Mary Barr Clay, will speak along with Molly Caldwell, President of the Kentucky State Parks Foundation, and The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS) President Marsha Weinstein. The dedication ceremony will feature a presentation by Dr. Melanie Goan, Associate Professor of History at the University of Kentucky and Coordinator of the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project.
National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS) and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation have partnered to launch a new historic marker program which will be part of the National Votes for Women Trail (NVWT).