Alcatraz East Highlights 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Alcatraz East will celebrate and highlight the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Amendment. 


August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. By decriminalizing the actions of women across the country who had been attempting to vote, this amendment was significant in history. Alcatraz East Crime Museum commemorates not only this anniversary in legal history but Tennessee’s role as the final state to ratify the amendment making it law. Starting August 18 visitors will be able to learn about the history and Tennessee’s role in a pop-up display in their lobby. 
As a legal story, a crime story, and as a Tennessee story it was important for us to mark this centennial,” says Rachael Penman director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East. 

Women in History 

 Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul and many others fought for suffrage for decades giving speeches, lobbying, marching, picketing and engaging in civil disobedience to bring attention to the cause. A number of women were arrested and spent time in prison, including Paul who received a seven-month sentence. Tennessee played a major role in advancing the right for women to vote. On August 18, 1920, it became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving the country the three fourths of the states needed for it to become law of the land forever.

 Temporary Dates 

The new 19th Amendment pop up is now on display and will be in the Alcatraz East Crime Museum lobby through Election Day on November 3, 2020. 

About Alcatraz East

Alcatraz East is the most arresting crime museum in the United States. Guests can encounter a unique journey into the history of American crime, solving, and our justice system. Through interactive exhibits and artifacts, Alcatraz East is an entertaining and educational experience! This family attraction is located at the entrance of The Island, located at 2757 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. General admission tickets are $14.95 for children and $26.95 for adults. Group ticket sales are available. Guests are also encouraged to check the website for reduced hours, as a result of COVID-19. The last ticket is sold 60 minutes before closing. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

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