The new exhibition, To Make Our Voices Heard: Tennessee Women’s Fight for the Vote, opened at more than 85 venues across the state in August 2020. Created for the Official Committee of the State of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial by the Tennessee State Museum and the Tennessee State Library and Archives, To Make Our Voices Heard explores the history of the woman’s suffrage movement, Tennessee’s dramatic vote to ratify the 19th Amendment in August 1920, and the legacy that followed.

The exhibit’s multiple dynamic panels offer a touch-free experience of archival images, engaging stories, and introductions to the leaders of the fight for and against the cause of woman’s suffrage. The stories detail the early challenges of racial and gender discrimination and continue to the organization of African American and white women’s associations to encourage political engagement.

The exhibit includes a Tennessee map, highlighting suffragist activities across the state. Visitors will also learn about Febb Burn of McMinn County, whose letter to her son, Harry T. Burn, influenced a last-minute vote that helped change women’s history in the United States.

“Tennessee’s role in becoming the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment not only solidified women’s right to vote but propelled women across the country to opportunities and futures they never thought possible,” said Chuck Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist with the Tennessee State Library & Archives. “The hope of the Committee is this centennial celebration will do the same all across our state.”

An online component of the exhibition, Ratified! Statewide! highlighting the suffrage movement in every Tennessee county is available now at

“As we commemorate the historic vote at Tennessee’s State Capitol in August of 1920, we want to honor those individuals who played key roles in the journey to gain voting rights for women,” said Ashley Howell, Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum.  “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share these stories across the state.”

To Make Our Voices Heard: Tennessee Women’s Fight for the Vote received funding from The Official Committee of the State of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial through the Tennessee Historical Society. The project is also funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Counties and Venues


Green McAdoo Cultural Center, 101 School St., Clinton 37716
Oak Ridge High School, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge 37830


Bedford County Archives, 1 Public Square, Suite #105, Shelbyville 37160


Benton County Government, Library, and Historical Group, 1 Court Square, Camden 38320


Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville 37804


Museum Center at 5ive Points, 200 Inman St. E., Cleveland 37311


Postmark LaFollette, Inc., 119 S. Tennessee Ave., LaFollette 37766


Carroll County Library, 625 High St., Suite 102, Huntingdon 38344


Archives of the City of Elizabethton, 201 N Sycamore St., Elizabethton 37643


Cheatham County Archives, 188 John Mayfield Dr., Lower Level, Ashland City 37015
South Cheatham Public Library, 358 N. Main St., Kingston Springs 37082
Sycamore Square Government Complex/Registrar’s Office, 354 Frey St. Suite C, Ashland City 37015


Claiborne County Government, 1740 Main St., Tazewell 37879


Cocke County Government, 360 E. Main St., Suite 146, Newport 37821


Art Circle Public Library, 3 East St., Crossville 38555


Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Gift Shop, 6th & Harrison, Nashville 37243


Clement Railroad Hotel Museum, 100 Frank Clement Pl., Dickson 37055

Fentress County Historical Society & Museum, 103A Smith Street South, Jamestown 38556


Fred Culp Historical Museum, 1032 S. High St., Trenton 38382

Humboldt Public Library, 115 S. 16th Ave., Humboldt 38343


Ardmore Public Library, 25836 Main St., Ardmore 38449
Giles County Public Library, 122 S. Second St., Pulaski 38478


Greene County History Museum, 101 W. McKee St., Greenville 37743


May Justus Memorial Library, 24 Dixie Lee Ave., Monteagle 37356


Morristown-Hamblen Library, 417 W. Main St., Morristown 37814


Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Chattanooga 37403

Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way, Suite 104, Chattanooga 37402
Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St., Chattanooga 37402
Signal Mountain Library, 1114 James Blvd., Signal Mountain 37377


Bolivar Middle School, 915 Pruitt St., Bolivar 38008


West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, 121 Sunny Hill Cove, Brownsville 38012


Paris-Henry County Heritage Center, 614 N Poplar St., Paris 38242


Houston County Archive, 4725 E. Main St., Erin 37061


Parrott-Wood Memorial Library, 3133 W. Old Andrew Johnson Hwy., Strawberry Plains 37871


East Tennessee Historical Society & Museum, 500 W. Church Ave., Knoxville 37902
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, 700 Hall of Fame Dr., Knoxville 37915


Lake County Government, 229 Church St., Tiptonville 38079


Alex Haley Museum, 200 Church St., Henning 38041


Lawrence County Archives, 2588 Highway 43 S., Leoma 38468
Lawrence County Public Library, 519 E. Gaines St., Lawrenceburg 38464


Lewis County Public Library, 15 Kyle Avenue, Hohenwald 38462


Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, 208 S. Elk Ave., Fayetteville 37334


Loudon Public Library, 210 River Rd., Loudon 37774


Jackson-Madison County Library, 433 E. Lafayette St., Jackson 38301


Marion County Mayor’s Office, 1 Courthouse Sq., Jasper 37347


Maury County Library, 211 W. 8th St., Columbia 38401

Spring Hill Public Library, 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill 37174


E.G. Fisher Public Library, 1289 Ingleside Ave., Athens 37303

Etowah Carnegie Library, 732 Ohio Ave., Etowah 37331


Jack McConnico Memorial Library, (McNairy County Libraries), 225 Oak Grove Rd., Selmer 38375


Charles Hall Museum, 229 Cherohala Pkwy., Tellico Plains 37385


Montgomery County Archives, 350 Pageant Ln., Suite 101-D, Clarksville 37040


Morgan County Genealogical & Historical Society, 124 S. Kingston St., Wartburg 37887


Discovery Park of America, 830 Everett Blvd., Union City 38261


West Polk Public Library, 126 Polk St., Benton 37307


Baxter Depot Museum & Visitor Center, 216 Broad St., Baxter 38544
Cookeville History Museum, 40 E. Broad St., Cookeville 38501
Monterey Depot Museum, 1 E. Depot St., Monterey 38574


Bryan College, 721 Bryan Dr., Dayton 37321


Harriman Public Library, 601 Walden St., Harriman 37748

Robertson County History Museum,  124 W. 6th Ave., Springfield 37172
Stokes Brown Public Library, 405 White St., Springfield 37172
White House Inn Museum, 412 Hwy 76, White House 37188


Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro 37130


Scott County Government, 2845 Baker Hwy., Huntsville 37756


Sevier County Public Library System, 408 High St., Sevierville 37862
Anna Porter Public Library, 158 Proffitt Rd., Gatlinburg 37738


Mallory-Neely House, 652 Adams Ave., Memphis 38105
Memphis Public Libraries, Benjamin Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., 3rd Floor Administration Office, Memphis, 38111
Millington Public Library, 4858 Navy Rd., Millington 38053
Morton Museum of Collierville, 196 N. Main St., Collierville 38017


University of Tennessee Extension – Stewart County, 225 Donelson Pkwy., Dover 37058


Birthplace of Country Music Museum, 416 State St., Bristol 37620
Kingsport Public Library, 400 Broad St., Kingsport 37660


Hendersonville Public Library, 140 Saundersville Rd., Hendersonville 37075
Portland Public Library of Sumner County, 301 Portland Blvd., Portland 37148
Westmoreland Public Library of Sumner County, 2305 Epperson Springs Rd., Westmoreland 37186


Tipton County Museum, 751 Bert Johnston Ave., Covington 38019

Van Buren:

Van Buren County Historical and Heritage Museum, 179 College St., Spencer 38585


Morrison Public Library, 138 W. Maple St., Morrison 37357


Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, 212 E. Sabin Dr., Jonesborough 37659


C.E. Weldon Public Library, 100 Main St., Martin 38237
Dr Nathan Porter Library, 228 N. Front St., Greenfield 38230


Freedom Middle School, 750 New Hwy 96 W., Franklin 37604

John P. Holt Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Rd., Brentwood 37027
Williamson County Archives and Museum, 611 W. Main St., Franklin 37064


Wilson County Mayor, 228 E Main St., Suite 104, Lebanon 37087