MACON – Mercer Law School from Nov. 13-23 will host an American Bar Association (ABA) traveling exhibit commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
The ABA exhibit, “100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future,” will be on display in the Robert Steed Lobby on the first floor of the Law School.
The exhibit will also be available at the panel discussion celebrating 100 years of women at Mercer Law School on Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m., at Macon’s historic Douglass Theatre.
“We are delighted to be among the first 12 sites in the country to display this exhibit, and the first in Georgia – even though Georgia was the first state to reject ratification of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago,” said Cathy Cox, dean of the Law School. “The exhibit is a wonderful reminder of the battles that women fought – and continue to fight – for our precious right to vote.”
Organized by the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, the exhibit chronicles the history of the women’s suffrage movement, the legacy of post-1920 efforts to expand voting rights and the obstacles of disenfranchisement and voter suppression today.
The six-banner exhibit, which recently won a 2019 GDUSA American Graphic Design Award, features historic photos and artifacts, details the story of the battle for ratification and outlines the challenges that remain.
The exhibit is one of a number of activities sponsored by the newly-formed ABA Commission on the 19th Amendment to celebrate 100 years of women’s constitutional right to vote, educate the public about the 19th Amendment and the battle for women’s suffrage, and promote laws that ensure women’s full and equal exercise of their right to vote and to participate in our democracy.
About the School of Law
Founded in 1873, Mercer University School of Law, named for Mercer alumnus and former U.S. Senator Walter F. George, is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School’s educational philosophy is based on a broadly shared commitment to prepare students for the high-quality, general practice of law in a day-to-day learning environment that is both strongly supportive and consistently professional. Its innovative Woodruff Curriculum – which focuses on ethics and practical skills amid small class sizes – twice earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA for its “depth of excellence.” With an enrollment of about 375 students, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, experiential education, and ethics and professionalism. For more information, visit law.mercer.edu.