RALEIGH, N.C. – In recognition of Women’s History Month, join a member of the State Capitol staff for a special tour on Saturday, March 19, that will explore notable North Carolina women past and present who have made their mark on the Capitol.
The free tour is open to the public and will begin on the front steps of the Capitol at noon. Registration is not required.
Highlights will include significant “firsts,” the fight for equal rights, and a look at North Carolina women in politics today.
“Women have written laws, lobbied for equal rights and led the state from these halls,” said Terra Schramm, Education Coordinator at the Capitol. “The Capitol witnessed the 1920 election of the state’s -- and the South’s -- first female legislator, Lillian Exum Clement; the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote; Beverly Perdue’s historic gubernatorial win in 2008; and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”
The State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture and functions of the 1840 building and Union Square. The Capitol is bounded by Edenton, Salisbury, Morgan and Wilmington streets. For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/capitol/default.htm or call (919) 733-4994.
Administered by the Division of State Historic Sites, the State Capitol is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.
(The Capitol will also hold a free geodetic lecture that day at 1:30 p.m. on how North Carolina got its shape. For information go to http://news.ncdcr.gov/2011/03/09/state-capitol-geodetic-lecture-march-19-explores-how-nc-got-its-shape/ .)
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