Passing the Torch


Johnson City Suffrage Mural dedicated

Linda Good, Centennial Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Johnson City Co-leader, speaks in front of a mural that was unveiled and dedicated on Sunday on Ashe Street in Johnson City. PHOTOS BY DAVE ONGIE

The community gathered on a wind-whipped Sunday afternoon for the dedication of a new mural honoring the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment.

Stacey White Ferren holds a portrait of her grandmother Eliza Shaut White, who led a pro-suffrage parade in Johnson City back in 1916.

Members of the Centennial Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Johnson City dressed as suffragettes and recreated a parade that was led by Eliza Shaut White in Johnson City in 1916. The mural, which was painted by Ellen Elmes, was unveiled and gifted to the city.

The mural – entitled “Passing the Torch” was made possible by funding from community donors and depicts the progress made in the struggle to gain and secure voting rights throughout the years. Elmes said the intention of the mural was to show the torch being passed forward to future generations.

Johnson City Mayor Jenny Brock closed the ceremony with a speech reflecting on Johnson City’s important role in the women’s suffrage movement.


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