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How you can honor women in your life with a brick

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Ellen Kanervo, Contirbuted
Published 10:40 a.m. CT Dec. 16, 2019

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Clarksvillians have just a few more weeks to become a part of the Clarksville-Montgomery County suffrage monument, Tennessee Triumph.

The Tennessee Triumph Steering Committee under the umbrella of the Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council is offering commemorative bricks for sale. The bricks with personal inscriptions will be laid around the monument in the city’s Suffrage Walkway.

The deadline for purchasing one of the 400 bricks for sale is Jan. 31. However, sales could close earlier if all 400 are sold before the deadline.

As of Dec. 15, 250 bricks have been claimed.

Every brick sold helps pay for the sculpture, installation and landscaping for the monument, which will stand on the Public Square. Dedication will be Saturday, Aug. 15, three days before the official 100th anniversary of Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, extending voting rights to all women across the United States.

What’s on the bricks

In addition, inscriptions on the bricks should add interest to the monument. They range from simply showing support for the project as in “The Smith Family/2020” to the humorous — and a bit romantic — “This is our Brick!/Mary and Rick/2020” to the admiring “Mary Jones Smith/1925-2010/A Strong Woman.”

One mother bought a brick for her daughter, “a good citizen and/responsible voter.” A daughter purchased a large brick for her mother “and all the women/whose voices/she has encouraged.”

Another honored her great aunt who was the first woman in Tennessee elected to office in 1895 as superintendent of schools in a nearby county. Her husband, not to be outdone, bought a brick honoring his great aunt, who entertained Susan B. Anthony in her home.

Wives have bought bricks honoring their husbands, and husbands have bought bricks honoring their wives. One husband purchased a brick as an anniversary present, and several have bought them as Christmas presents. Many groups are buying bricks to honor their organizations.

The state and city are planning special celebrations throughout the anniversary year to commemorate Tennessee’s place as the final state needed for ratification to add the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

One lasting tribute will be the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail with monuments in cities across the state, from Knoxville and Chattanooga to Nashville, Clarksville, Jackson and Memphis, along with sites of significance in the struggle for woman suffrage.

How to order your brick

Bricks may be purchased in one of two sizes, a 4-inch by 8-inch brick for $100 and an 8-inch by 8-inch brick for $200. The 4-inch brick supports three lines of 20-character text; the 8-inch brick supports six lines of 20-character text.

To purchase a brick online, go to www.brickmarkersusa.com/donors/cmh.html. Order forms may also be picked up at Customs House Museum, F&M Bank, or Smith Trahern Mansion or by emailing artsandheritage@cdelightband.net.

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