Grand Opening of "1920: An Exceptional Election Year"

February 21, 2020 12:00 PM to February 21, 2020 1:00PM

Delta Cultural Center - 141 Cherry Street, Helena-West Helena AR

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This exhibition marks the the centennial anniversary of this extraordinary event. It’s also the centennial of women’s right to vote.  An original display, this exhibit honors both.  In 1920, with the signing of the 19th Amendment into law, the Women’s Suffrage Movement finally won the hard fought battle which allowed women to cast their vote for the first time.It was an unprecedented election year.

But in addition, this was the same election year when the first black man-- Josiah Blount of Phillips County, Ark., ran for the Governor’s seat—the highest office in the State, in one of the State’s most contested elections. In the interpretation of the 1920 election, the exhibition shines a light on the struggle of African American men to fully participate in an election where they were highly challenged by their white Republican counterparts. It was at a time when mainstream GOP members championed women's entry onto the political landscape, but also began to turn their backs on black members of the party.

The DCC’s hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on this exhibition, contact Drew Ulrich, Delta Cultural Center curator at 870.338.4350, or [email protected]. Visit the Delta Cultural Center at



PHOTO IMAGE:  The exhibition includes a painting commissioned by the DCC which depicts a scene between black members of the Republican Party and the party’s mainstream leaders during the Republican Convention of 1920, as the divide based on race and gender widened between the two factions.Arkansas artist Danny Broadway (left) with State Rep. Chris Richey, unveiled the work during the DCC’s recent celebration of the Women’s Suffragist Movement. Drew Ulrich, DCC curator (far right) looks on.



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