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The first woman to legally vote in Tennessee was Mary Cordelia “Aunt Cord” Beasley Hudson, in Benton County in 1919.

A traveling exhibit “To Make Our Voices Heard: Tennessee Women’s Fight for the Vote” will be on display through the end of the year in the lobby of the Sycamore Square County Government Office Building.

The touch-free exhibit, created in partnership with the Tennessee State Museum and the Tennessee State Library and Archives, explores the history of the woman’s suffrage movement and Tennessee’s dramatic vote to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1920.

Cheatham County Historian Lisa Walker said, “Cheatham Countians were certainly involved in the fight for the right to vote. Women in Ashland City organized a local suffrage league, and Helen B. Turner was a noted suffragist from this community. Both the state senator, Douglas Wikle, and the state representative, R.L. Dowlen, for Cheatham County voted in favor of ratifying the 19th Amendment.”

The Cheatham County Historical and Genealogical Association worked with the office of Cheatham County Mayor Kerry McCarver to get the exhibit to the county.

The Sycamore Square County Government Office Building is at 354 Frey St. in Ashland City and is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Due to COVID-19 protocols, there may be limits on the number of visitors at any one time.

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