Suffrage Centennial Vigil by League of Women Voters of South Carolina

August 17, 2020 (Columbia, SC) The League of Women Voters of South Carolina (LWVSC) and the League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area (LWVCA) are hosting a Silent Vigil on the North Side of the South Carolina State House on August 26, 2020 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. The Silent Vigil is to be held in honor of the Centennial of the League of Women Voters and the Full Adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution on August 26, 1920.

The Silent Vigil will be preceded by the celebration of “She Did Day Livestream,” a Columbia City of Women event sponsored by Historic Columbia and the South Carolina Women’s Empowerment Network (SC WREN). “She Did Day” recognizes local women whose influence has made a difference in our city and state for women’s well- being.

“She Did Day Livestream” will take place across the street from the South Carolina State House on the corner of Main Street and Gervais Street with a Press Conference from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. A special announcement will be made at this “She Did Day Livestream” event for the public and the media are invited to attend. The event will be available by Livestream on Historic Columbia’s Facebook and online sites.

After the press conference, people are invited across the street to participate in and observe the League of Women Voters Silent Vigil on the steps of the Capitol. League members, dressed in suffrage attire, will stand on the steps of the State House, 6 to 9 feet apart (socially distant and wearing masks) in silent vigil. The intent is to pay homage to the suffragists who stood in silent protest in the 1910s in front of the White House to pressure President Woodrow Wilson to support votes for women. After the Capitol steps tribute ends at 12;30 pm, a contingent of vigil keepers will also stand in silence in front of Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home at 1705 Hampton Street.

To participate in the League of Women Voters of South Carolina Silent Vigil please arrive at the State House between 9:30 am and 10:15 am. Please RSVP if you plan to attend to

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