Suffrage Celebration Seed Fund


Indya Kincannon
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Suffrage Celebration Seed Fund

Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knoxville City Council have allocated $25,000 to support the community in celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 that guaranteed a woman’s right to vote. The mission of the Suffrage Seed Fund is to empower the community to celebrate and raise awareness of Tennessee’s pivotal role in the quest for woman suffrage.

The Suffrage Seed Fund, which will be managed by the Knox County Public Library Foundation, will be used to fund educational and arts programming in Knoxville. The funding will be distributed based on the applications that best meet the criteria in grants that range from $100 to $5,000.

  View the complete request for proposals, application and learn more about the Suffrage Seed Fund HERE.
Potential Activities Might Include (but are not limited to):

• Plays / musicals at local theaters
• Re-enactment of critical historical events
• Film Screenings
• Panel discussions and symposia
• Exhibitions
• Creative responses in schools
• Collections of oral histories
• Window displays and exhibits
• Educational campaigns

View the complete request for proposals, application and learn more about the Suffrage Seed Fund at

Contact Information

Please direct questions about the Suffrage Seed Fund to Mary Pom Claiborne, Assistant Director, Marketing, Communications, & Development, Knox County Public Library at 865-215-8767 or

The Suffrage Seed Fund is Brought to You By

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Learn More About Tennessee's Pivotal Role in the Quest for Woman Suffrage

  Highlights of the role East Tennessee played in woman suffrage
  List of local events marking the 100th Anniversary of the 19th amendment
Harry and Febb BurnBy March 1920, 35 states had ratified the amendment, one state short of the three-quarters required for national ratification. The Tennessee General Assembly’s decision came down to 24-year-old Representative Harry T. Burn, a Republican from McMinn County, who would cast the deciding vote.

Although Burn opposed the amendment, he received a letter from his mother that convinced him to vote for it. Febb Burn’s letter to her son now resides in the Knox County Public Library’s Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection.

With Burn’s vote, the 19th Amendment was ratified, and certification by U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby followed on August 26, 1920.

Images of Febb Burn and Harry Burn are from the Knox County Public Library's Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection.