Alexandria to Issue Proclamation Recognizing Women’s Voting Rights

Outdoor ceremony to take place August 18, marking the 100th anniversary

Barrett Branch, where Mayor Justin M. Wilson will recognize a woman’s right to vote this Tuesday.(Photo: Courtesy of Alexandria Library)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The centennial of the American woman’s right to vote and the
importance of fair and free elections will be recognized by Alexandria Mayor Justin M.
Wilson, when he issues a formal proclamation celebrating the 100th anniversary of the
19th Amendment.

The proclamation will be issued on August 18 – the day of the ratification of
the Amendment in 1920, which guarantees voting rights for American women.

Event Details

Event: City of Alexandria Mayoral Proclamation, “The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment”

Location: Kate Waller Barrett Branch, Alexandria Public Library Steps (outdoor ceremony)

Date: Tuesday August 18, 2020

Time: 5 p.m.

The proclamation will be read on the library steps with social-distancing measures in place. Masks wearing will be required for all who attend.

The event is sponsored by Alexandria Celebrates Women. The nonprofit volunteer group, according to a press release, recognizes the accomplishments of all Alexandria women, “past, present, and future.”

It should be noted that Kate Waller Barrett, for whom the library branch is named, was a leading social activist and champion for women’s voting rights. Barrett lived in Alexandria in the late 19th century.

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