Forward Into Light is a national campaign to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s constitutional right to vote. Named in honor of the historic suffrage slogan Forward through the Darkness, Forward into Light, the campaign is sponsored by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, established by Congress in 2017 to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment.
Forward Into Light, the Polk County History Center will be lit in purple and gold, in unity with other buildings and landmarks across the country as a part of the national campaign. This special lighting will stay in place until the end of the centennial year. Join us as we celebrate this milestone of American democracy in the official suffrage colors — from state capitols to skyscrapers to bridges to city halls.
On Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment reached the required the three-fourths majority of state ratification (36 of 48 states) necessary to make it the law of the land. On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was formally adopted into the Constitution by certification of U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists.
The temporary exhibit The 19th Amendment at 100 Years: A Milestone of Democracy for Women’s Suffrage, currently on display at the History Center, chronicles the women’s suffrage movement on the national and local levels.
The Polk County History Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow. Visit www.polkhistorycenter.org or call (863) 534-4386 for more information on exhibits and programming. All programs and events are free and open to the public.
Learn more about Forward Into Light on the official site commemorating 100 years of women’s right to vote.