Forward Into Light

White two-story lighthouse with lit lantern in top tower and front lit in purple and yellow lights. A historic image of two women is projected on a side wall and people are gathered around to look at it. The sky is blue and dark.
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse was lit in the suffrage colors of purple and gold on August 21 - 23 and August 26, 2020.

B. Griswold

Virtual Exhibit: The 19th Amendment Centennial

August 26, 2020 marked exactly 100 years since the 19th Amendment became law, ensuring that gender could not exclude women from voting in the United States. To celebrate, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse was lit in purple and gold, and the park hosted an outdoor exhibit about the suffrage movement. The celebration continues online! The exhibit along with text and audio transcripts for accessibility are available below. More information about the 19th Amendment is available at nps.gov/womenshistory.

This event was part of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission’s “Forward Into Light” initiative to light up buildings across America in the suffrage colors of purple and gold. Purple signifies unswerving steadfastness to the cause, while gold signifies the flame of the torch leading the way.

 
Exhibit introduction panel. Audio transcript below.

Panel Design by J. Fontana & E. Gelfat/ NPS

 
 
 
Exhibit panel titled "Early Suffrage Movement." Audio transcript below.

Panel Design by D. McGregor/ The Women's Museum of California

 
Exhibit panel titled "Prominent Women, 1848 - 1879" Audio and text transcript below.
 
 
Exhibit panel titled "The Fight Continues" Audio and written transcripts below.
 
Exhibit panel titled "The State by State Race." Audio and text transcript below.
 
 
Exhibit panel titled "Lighthouse Women." Audio and text transcript below.
 
Exhibit panel titled "Local Lighthouse Ladies." Audio and text transcript below.
 
 
Exhibit panel titled "Push for Ratification 1900 - 1920" Audio and text transcript below.
 
Exhibit panel titled "Leading Activists 1900 - 1920s" Audio and text transcript below.
 
 
Exhibit panel titled "Victory at Last." Audio and text transcript below.
 
 
Exhibit panel titled "Beyond the 19th." Audio and text transcript below.
 
White signs with black text and metal stakes inside a garden with wooden fence. A young woman holds up one of the signs.
Suffragists of the National Women's Party picketed the White House and other important locations from 1917 to 1920. The picket signs displayed in the lighthouse garden are recreations of ones they carried.

NPS/ J. Fontana

 

Last updated: September 9, 2020

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