New Panel Honors Women’s Suffrage Movement in Austin
The Austin History Center hosted an unveiling ceremony for a new commemorative panel at Wooldridge Square Park Oct. 28, 2022.
The panel commemorates the women’s suffrage movement in Austin in the early 20th century. Wooldridge Square Park, with its Greek Revival-style gazebo, was the center of political and civic activity during that era, and several women’s suffrage rallies were held at the park between 1908 and June 28, 1919, the day Texas became the 9th state to ratify the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ultimately, the amendment was fully ratified by the U.S. Congress and added to the Constitution on Aug. 18, 1920.
Certified Heritage Interpreter Ted Lee Eubanks developed the commemorative panel and partnered with the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. to place the panel in Wooldridge Square Park. The Pomeroy Foundation funded the project. You can find the panel on the south side of the park.