Join us on August 26, 2021, Women's Equality Day, as well as August 27, 2021, for a "Memory Parlor" devoted to important, untold stories of the equality and human rights movement that connect art, politics, law, philosophy and ethics.
2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of an important monument to equality and human rights: the Portrait Monument to the Suffrage Pioneers (Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton). Pictured right (or below if viewing this on your mobile), the monument was sculpted by Adelaide Johnson (1859-1955) and completed in 1920. The statue was unveiled in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on February 15, 1921 to mark the passage of the 19th Amendment. The placement of women in the U.S. Capitol - symbolizing the central involvement of women in the political process - had been a goal of Johnson's in the early 1890s. It took her almost 30 years to achieve this vision.
It was in a "Suffrage Parlor" in Washington D.C. in 1886 when Adelaide Johnson, at the suggestion of a friend, first decided to sculpt Susan B. Anthony. “A "Memory Parlor" is a nod to the earlier “Suffrage Parlors” and to the recognition that we need spaces to cultivate our understanding of history. Memory Parlors are inspired by the Lyceum Movements of the 19th Century, in both the U.S. and Europe. These adult education movements allowed for "social intercourse and the exchange of intellectual products."
At this inaugural Memory Parlor, Sandra Weber, foremost expert on the Adelaide Johnson's Portrait Monument, and author of "The Woman Suffrage Statue" discusses the forces that compelled her to conduct in-depth research of Johnson's monument; Candice Russell and Hope Elizabeth May discuss their involvement in creating a replica of the statue (on display at Art Reach) as a means of stimulating dialogue and reflection through which the connection between the past and the present is brought Forward into Light; and Dr. Nikita Murry discussed how this statue helps us to form a more inclusive public memory.