Commemoration of ratification of the 19th Amendment planned

COLUMBUS, Ind. — A one-hour car parade will wind through Columbus at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19 to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.

Organizers with a new, local, non-partisan group of women known as the Centennial Suffrage Society are working alongside the IUPUC Constitution Day Committee and IUPUC student groups to invite organizations, businesses and others to consider decorating a vehicle and participating in the event which will travel from IUPUC to Mill Race Center.

The event, the Suffrage Centennial Car Parade, is meant to be the safest, socially-distanced way to mark the anniversary, according to the society’s Cate Hyatt. Facial coverings will be required, organizers said.

Hyatt said in a letter distributed to publicize the event that she hoped people would “get creative and use this opportunity to let our community know that you treasure our right to vote by clearly identifying the group you represent.”

She said it’s too early to tell how many people or vehicles might be involved.

“This issue was such a historic moment,” Hyatt said. “So, I think that, no matter which side of the aisle you are on, you must think this is such a critical time to be exercising that right to vote.”

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