02-21-2020 1920 Election Year Exhibit

02-21-2020 1920 Election Year Exhibit

 Changing Exhibit
 Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., now through February 27, 2021
  Delta Cultural Center, 141 Cherry Street, Helena, AR., 72342

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In celebration of the centennial of the Women's Movement, as well as the controversial election of 1920, an original exhibit put up by the Delta Cultural Center's (DCC) curator, Drew Ulrich, is on display.  “1920: An Exceptional Election Year,” opened on February 14, and will be up through February 27. 2021.  Located at 141 Cherry Street in historic downtown Helena, Ark., the Center's hours of operation are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is free.

In 1920, with 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. As difficult as the times might have been, this was also the year when the first black man-- Josiah Blount, a Republican from Forrest City, Ark., ran for the Governor’s seat—the highest office in the State. It was one of the State’s most contested elections. 

It was an unprecedented election year when mainstream GOP members championed women's entry onto the political landscape while they also began to turn their backs on black members of the party. The exhibit pays homage to these two very significant events in Arkansas Delta history. 

Photo: Commissioned by the Delta Cultural Center, this painting, by Arkansas Artist, Danny Broadway, is featured in the Center’s upcoming exhibition, “1920: An Exceptional Election Year.”The artist (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.