Furman University will participate in the “Forward Into Light” campaign on Aug. 26 from 8:15-10:30 p.m. as part of the Women’s Suffrage Movement Centennial Commission’s celebration to recognize the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s adoption.
During the event, the school will illuminate the bell tower and Duke Library in purple, gold and white, which are the colors of the women’s suffrage movement.
“Not only will these buildings be beautiful lit at night in purple, gold, and white, the colors of the suffrage movement, but the lighting will also be symbolic, as the women who fought for suffrage illuminated paths that women have forged ever since.” said Furman history professor Courtney Tollison. “While we celebrate 100 years of votes for women, we also recognize that in South Carolina and other southern states, women’s suffrage meant suffrage for white women, and that African American women had to endure a far longer path to overcome obstacles to exercise their right to vote. On this centennial day, Greenville celebrates the courage and activism of local suffrage leaders A. Viola Neblett, Mary P. Gridley, Helen E. Vaughan, and their fellow activists in the Greenville movement.”
Beginning at 8:30 p.m., Furman students will read excerpts from the 19th Amendment and quotes from leaders of the women’s suffrage movement.
Since the campus remains closed to the public, the event will be streamed through Facebook live on Furman’s Political Science page.
For more information on the nationwide event, visit womensvote100.org/forwardintolight.