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The Commission worked with South Carolina-based artist Sunny Mullarkey to create artwork honoring women's long battle for the ballot and the generations of activists who led the way toward equality. The mural depicts suffrage leaders Carrie Chapman Catt, Mary Church Terrell, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells amid silhouettes of marching suffragists. The portraits of these trailblazing women are surrounded by 36 yellow roses, a symbol of the victory of the movement. At the center of the piece stands a mythological woman, inspired by historic suffrage artwork, holding a banner with the words "Equality for All."

In honor of Tennessee's critical role as the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1920, Mullarkey held a live painting of the 20x6 foot mural, titled Equality for All, in the Sunken Gardens of Centennial Park in Nashville, TN from October 7-13, 2020. The Hermitage Hotel, the historic site where suffragists and anti-suffragists set up their headquarters in 1920 during Tennessee's 19th Amendment ratification battle, displayed the artwork from October 16-November 9, 2020. As part of this project, the Commission also worked with the Metropolitan Historical Commission to place a historic marker describing Nashville suffrage history in Church Street Park, which is located a block behind the Hermitage. In November 2020, the Equality for All mural traveled to its permanent home at the historic Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, just thirty minutes outside of the nation’s capital.

 
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Live Painting in Nashville, TN


Equality for All Mural on Display at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN

(From Left to Right) WSCC Director of Programs and Partnerships Kimberly Wallner, WSCC Director of Communications Kelsey Millay, and WSCC Executive Director Anna Laymon at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN, November 9, 2020

(From Left to Right) WSCC Director of Programs and Partnerships Kimberly Wallner, WSCC Director of Communications Kelsey Millay, and WSCC Executive Director Anna Laymon at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN, November 9, 2020

Hermitage Hotel Managing Director Dee Patel (left) and WSCC Executive Director Anna Laymon (right) at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN, November 9, 2020

Hermitage Hotel Managing Director Dee Patel (left) and WSCC Executive Director Anna Laymon (right) at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN, November 9, 2020


Equality for All Project Summary