Burn Memorial

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Place Category: Memorial & StatuePlace Tags: 19th Amendment Centennial Anniversary and Places in TN

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    A sculpture of Harry Burn and his mother, Febb, honoring their crucial roles in the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote.
    On August 18th, 1920, 24-year-old Burn, a representative in Tennessee State House, made a momentous decision as the last one to vote for the approval of the 19th amendment, making Tennessee the 36th and final state needed to sign the amendment to apply as constitutional law. Burn’s vote was not an obvious one, he was pressured to oppose women’s suffrage, but his mother, Febb, wrote him a letter in which she convinced him to vote in favor. By listening to his mother, Burns ended the 72 years fighting for a fundamental democratic right.
    “Dear Son:

    Hurrah and vote for Suffrage and don’t keep them in doubt. I noticed Chandlers’ speech, it was very bitter. I’ve been watching to see how you stood but have not seen anything yet … Don’t forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. ‘Thomas Catt’ with her “Rats.” Is she the one that put rat in ratification, Ha! No more from mama this time.

    With lots of love, Mama”
    The bronze statue was created by the Tennessee artist Alan LeQuire and unveiled on June 9th, 2018. It depicts Harry Burn sitting on his congressional chair, while Febb is standing a step behind him with her hand on his shoulder. The engraving on the pedestal below describes the story of this important time in history.
    Alan LeQuire created other important monuments commemorating Tennessee suffrage movement leaders. Among them are Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument in Nashville, and Tennessee Woman Suffrage Memorial in Knoxville, TN.

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    Address: 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

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  • Photo credit - courtesy of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail.