Seminole County Museum Presents: Rightfully Hers

From August 18th to September 1st, 2020, the Museum of Seminole County History will host a new pop-up exhibition from the National Archives, Rightfully Hers,  commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Lake Mary resident Rachel Plakon coordinated with the National Archives and the Museum of Seminole County History to bring the exhibit to Seminole County. Plakon serves on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women and was appointed by Governor DeSantis to the Florida Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the two commissions working to promote state-wide observance of the centennial.

Rightfully Hers contains messages exploring the history of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, women’s voting rights before and after the 19th, and its impact today. The 19th Amendment was an enormous milestone won through decades of marches, petitions, and public debate for a woman’s right to vote in the Constitution; the triumphs and challenges which followed are evident to this day. The exhibit is planned to run through the end of August, and will then travel around the state.

The year 2020 marks the centennial of two major voting rights events in Central Florida’s history: the 19th Amendment, and the Ocoee Massacre. Rightfully Hers stands as the first segment of a four-month recognition of these two events at the Museum of Seminole County History, with reflections on Ocoee, black disenfranchisement, and its far-reaching impacts scheduled to run from October 13th to November 28th.

The Museum of Seminole County History is open 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, at 300 Eslinger Way, Sanford. Admission is $3.00 for adults or $1.00 for students, seniors, and military, plus tax. The Museum can be reached at (407) 665-2489 during operating hours, with more information available online anytime at  www.seminolecountyfl.gov/museum.

Rightfully Hers is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal women’s’ suffrage. The exhibition is presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.

For more information on this exhibit, please contact Bennett Lloyd, Museum Coordinator at (407) 665-2489 or at blloyd@seminolecountyfl.gov.

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