SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Capitol Preservation Board has OK’d a new women’s history sculpture on the northeast lawn of Council Hall — the first place a woman cast a ballot in the modern nation — to commemorate Utah’s role in the struggle for women’s right to vote.
The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of historic vote, and it also marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women’s suffrage throughout the United States.
To ensure completion and dedication next year, Better Days 2020 — a nonprofit dedicated to popularizing Utah women’s history through education, the arts and legislation — has launched a campaign to raise funds for the sculpture.
“By placing this sculpture in front of the building where the first American female vote was cast under equal suffrage laws, we hope to inspire residents and visitors alike to learn about and contemplate Utah’s trailblazing history,” Neylan McBaine, CEO and co-founder of Better Days 2020, said in a statement.
According to Better Days 2020, the conceptual sculpture, designed by Utah artists Kelsey Harrison and Jason Manley, will mark and memorialize the first woman to vote and the millions of women who have voted in Utah and across the nation since that day.
Originally located in downtown Salt Lake City, Council Hall served as a city and territorial government office. It was moved to 300 N. State in 1960 and now houses the Utah Office of Tourism, a bookstore and visitors center.
For more information on the project, or to donate to it, log on to BetterDays2020.org/Donate.