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Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas


  • The Grace Museum - History Theater 102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX, 79601 United States (map)
 The Campus Camera, Baylor University, 31 April 1915, vol. 1,3. The Texas Collection, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.  In 1915 Baylor University women in Waco, Texas organized a suffrage club and "beat the drum" in campus parades. Courtesy The Texas Collection, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

The Campus Camera, Baylor University, 31 April 1915, vol. 1,3. The Texas Collection, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

In 1915 Baylor University women in Waco, Texas organized a suffrage club and "beat the drum" in campus parades. Courtesy The Texas Collection, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

The Grace Museum will present “Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas,” an exhibition produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, “Citizens at Last” is made possibly in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 ended the woman suffrage movement and represented a great victory for American women in their quest for the right to vote as U.S. citizens. Texas was the first state in the South to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, a landmark moment for all who took place in the struggle for representation. “Citizens at Last” focuses on the twenty-seven-year campaign for woman suffrage in Texas with panel topics covering the national beginnings of the movement, early Texas leaders, anti-suffrage sentiments, efforts to amend the Texas Constitution, primary suffrage, and, finally, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Based on the book Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas and on an earlier exhibition of the same name by the Woman's Collection at Texas Woman's University Library, the exhibition uses archival photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, cards and texts to illustrate the struggle for woman suffrage in Texas.


Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512.440.1991.

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