But the event coordinators were resourceful and they held it indoors at the Austin History Center, across the street from the park. Eight local political and cultural leaders, including US Congressman Lloyd Doggett, gave speeches. They emphasized current voter suppression issues, threats to democracy, the curtailment of women’s reproductive rights and the impact of Jim Crow on the suffrage movement.
Catherine Alvarado Cilfone (pictured above at the podium) represented the Women’s History Sites Collaborative and called the suffragists great Americans. She vividly recalled what her grandmother, Maclovia Uresti, one of the first women to vote in Victoria, Texas in 1920, said about her experience:
“I have my card to vote and I’m gonna vote and no one is gonna stop me!”
The rain stopped during the event and it enabled the team to unveil the marker, take lots of pictures and walk to the legendary Austin Club for a delightful lunch.
Submitted by Joanne Callahan, NVWT Committee member