Although you can't visit the exhibit at the Main Library just now, you can see the pieces online. Visit the album on NPL Flickr to discover the details of each cartoon. This permanent exhibit tells the pivotal and dramatic story of Nashville’s role in winning women the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It provides a space to explore the core themes surrounding women’s roles, democracy, and power.
Through the use of satire and caricature, editorial cartoons illustrate the political landscape and draw attention to the issues of the day. Educational, critical, and entertaining, the political cartoons in Saints or Monsters offer a window into history and show just how much was at stake for American women and the nation in the years leading up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
The exhibit opens on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, August 18, at 11:30am. Join a celebration of inclusion, inspiration, and voice, featuring special guest Rosanne Cash — singer, songwriter, author, and narrator of the PBS documentary By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South. This virtual experience will culminate with neighbors, universities, and other institutions citywide ringing bells, big and small. WATCH IT LIVE HERE.
In 1920, when the Tennessee Legislature cast its tie-breaking vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, cities across the U.S. rang bells in recognition — but Nashville did not.
Source: Nashville Public Library
Metro government is modernizing the parking garage adjacent to the Main Library. The project began late June 2016. Approximately 360 spaces will be added, and other improvements will be made to the garage. Seventy-five parking spaces are temporarily closed for the duration of construction. Project completion is expected in spring of 2018.
Due to the temporary parking space decrease and temporary lane closures, please allow extra time when planning to visit during peak hours or for special events.