The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, securing a woman’s right to vote. In honor of that historic occasion, the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry’s 2020 exhibit will be a poetic exploration of women’s suffrage and its effects. Oklahoma ratified the 19th amendment on Feb. 28, 1920, and Feb. 28, 2020 is the planned opening date for this exhibit.
The visual display will be created by ROMP’s logo artist Bryan Nicholaus Grey, who will spend 4-5 weeks creating artwork and painting murals for the exhibit, and director Shaun Perkins will work with him to create an interactive poetic component in conjunction with the art.
Stay tuned to this website or FOLLOW Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry for more details as they become available.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (subject to change): ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!
Events will take place at Wonder City Coffee and the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020: Book Study Meeting
Wonder City Coffee, 118 E. Main, Locust Grove
Book Club meeting of participants reading the exhibit booklet Justice Not Roses: 20 for 20. The book club(s) will also get a sneak peek at the museum exhibit.
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020: Coffee with a Suffragist
Wonder City Coffee, 118 E. Main, Locust Grove, 6-8 pm
- Southwestern Oklahoma State University professor Dr. Sunu Kodumthara will give a talk about the anti-suffragists opposed to the 19th amendment
- Original poetry about notable suffragists, read by Shaun Perkins
- Colloquium with the suffragists, including Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Alice Paul and Aloysius Larch-Miller
- Door prizes and souvenirs
Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020: Opening Celebration for Exhibit
ROMP, 6603 S 438 Rd, Locust Grove, 2-5 pm
- Performances by Alysha Little as Aloysius Larch-Miller and Deborah J. Hunter as Sojourner Truth
- Awards ceremony for the 19th Amendment Poem Contest
- Christening of the new exhibit with exhibit artist Bryan Nicholaus Grey
- Museum tours and interaction
Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this book do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.