Historical markers honor women from suffrage movement

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – In 2020, it will mark the centennial of suffrage in America.

The third of five markers in Kentucky was dedicated to honor Mary Barr Clay.

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Clay served as a leader in two national suffrage organizations and started the state’s first permanent Women’s Rights Associations in Madison County in 1879.

Clay’s great granddaughter says her legacy should be remembered.

“I mean, she got people involved in Kentucky, she got Susan B Anthony to come here and talk, and she formed many groups, and she and her sisters went door to door and got a petition,” said Sallie Clay Lanham, great granddaughter.

The national collaborative for women’s history sites and the William Pomeroy Foundation have partnered to launch a new historic marker program and will be part of the National Votes for Women Trail.