Listen to your Mother.

Listen to your Mother: a Mom-ument

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Knoxville, Tennessee

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th and final state to ratify the Constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote. The deciding vote -- at least in some accounts -- was cast by 24-year-old Harry T. Burn, a freshman state representative previously opposed to the amendment. He was persuaded to change his mind, he later said, by a letter from his Mom, who wrote "Don't forget to be a good boy" and "vote for Suffrage." Burn later explained, "I knew that a mother's advice is always safest for a boy to follow and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification."

Listen to your Mother.

Tennessee unveiled a statue of Burn and his proud Mom in June 2018. It was sculpted by Alan LeQuire, who had previously created the giant statue of the goddess Athena in Nashville.

Listen to your Mother: a Mom-ument

Address:
606 Market St., Knoxville, TN
Directions:
Downtown, on the southeast corner of Market St. and Clinch Ave.
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