Monument in Progress
Alan LeQuire is hard at work on the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument. The new heroic scale monument continues LeQuire’s legacy of fine portraiture, public commissions and his dedication to the recognition of women. He is best known for his colossal sculptures, Athena Parthenos, the largest indoor sculpture in the western hemisphere and Musica, one of the largest bronze figure groups in the world.
The Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument commemorates the importance of Tennessee’s pivotal role in granting women the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, Tennessee passed the proposed 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by a one-vote margin, becoming the 36th state to ratify the measure and clearing the way for its official adoption eight days later. LeQuire has sculpted the figures of Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville, Frankie Pierce of Nashville, Carrie Chapman Catt (national suffrage leader who came to Tennessee for the final battle), Sue Shelton White of Jackson, and Abby Crawford Milton of Chattanooga to represent the historic moment.
The Monument is a perfect monument for the times as the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment will be celebrated in just a few years. The monument will be unveiled on Friday, August 26, 2016, at Centennial Park in Nashville, TN.