Correction: A previous version of this article included incorrect partners for the “1971” art installation. The story also had the Carolina Performing Arts’ anniversary year wrong. The story has been updated to reflect these changes. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the errors.
The Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was not ratified in North Carolina until 1971. But even after its ratification, not all women in North Carolina were able to vote.
To commemorate the women who advocated for women’s suffrage, Carolina Performing Arts is displaying an art installation, entitled "1971,"every evening until Sept. 29 in front of the library.
The installation was created by Australian artist Craig Walsh as part of his "Monuments" series. Walsh’s work has been featured in various places around the world.
“I am interested in inspirational individuals who contribute to social justice and community development wherever they are from,” Walsh said.
Walsh said it is essential for the community to collaborate with him so the context for the artwork is accurate.
“In Chapel Hill, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in North Carolina was discussed as a timely history to explore and was quickly recognized as an important subject to present to the broader community through this public artwork application,” Walsh said in an email.
A panel represented by the Carolina Women’s Center, Chapel Hill Public Library and Southern Oral History Program chose the featured honorees, who are all members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community: Mae McLendon, Mary Jones Phillips and Diane Robertson.
Today, all three women continue to work to increase voter participation within the community.