The Famous Marching Presidents and Douglas Van Howd Studio unveiled “The Sargent’s Project” maquette Thursday June 14, 2018 (Flag Day) to honor and to pay our respects for two remarkable individuals, U.S. Senator Aaron Augustus and Ellen Clark Sargent, who spent 41 tireless years to see that their dreams of equality came to fruition. One of the most historical and pivotal human rights issues spanning two centuries. The Sargent’s, Nevada City’s most notable citizens made it their life’s work for the passage of the 19th Amendment which guaranteed women the right to vote.
The 19th Amendment consists of 28 words:
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was certified by U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby, and women finally achieved the long-sought right to vote throughout the United States.
On November 2 of that same year, more than 8 million women across the U.S. voted in elections for the first time. The sheer volume of newly registered voters created by this legal action made it “the single biggest democratizing event in American history.
It took over 60 years for the remaining 12 states to ratify the 19th Amendment. Mississippi was the last to do so, on March 22, 1984.
The evenings special guests were the Sargent’s great grandson, Dr. John Aaron Sargent, PhD and his wife Laurie, which made our celebration extraordinary.