November 9, 2019
The museum opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 4:30 PM
845 N. Jefferson Ave.
Port Allen, LA 70767
The museum fee is $2.09 for students, seniors, military, and AAA members. It is $4.18 for adults
Exhibit Opening: One Half the People
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Please come enjoy the West Baton Rouge Museum's newest exhibit, One Half the People. The exhibit will run through January 5th, 2020.
On November 9, 2019 the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition from the National Archives, One Half of the People: Advancing Equality for Women. At the founding of our country, women’s roles were rigidly defined and women were generally excluded from political and, in many ways, public life. Enslaved women were excluded entirely. Considered under the protection and authority of their husbands long into the 19th century, most women could not vote, own property, make contracts, go to court, or control any money they earned.
From the decades-long campaign for voting rights to expanding social and economic equality through legislation, and being recognized as citizens, this exhibit explores how those before us obtained the rights and privileges of citizenship promised to women today. Divided into three themes, visitors will explore:1) how a diverse group of suffragists—individuals who supported giving voting rights to women—fought for more than 70 years using many different strategies; 2) how women continued to seek equality after the 19th Amendment; and 3) profiles on eleven women and—through National Archives records—how they lived and worked, pushing boundaries of what was accepted and expected of women. This exhibit runs through January 5, 2020.
The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 North Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen, Louisiana For more information on programs and activities associated with the exhibit please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200.