A new mural went up recently in the downtown Orlando neighborhood of Thornton Park commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment.
The mural is located on the side of the Big Time Street Food Co quick serve restaurant at 805 E Washington Street facing a laundromat parking lot. It was painted by the group What Is She Painting (WISP Orlando), an all-female artist group with a mission to add more murals to Orlando painted by women.
Dr Mary McCleod Bethune and Senator Beth Johnson, are at the center of the mural.
Mary McLeod Bethune, was a world-renowned educator, civil and human rights leader, champion for women and young people, and an advisor to five U.S. presidents. She founded Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach and was the first black woman to head a federal agency – the Office of Minority Affairs.
Elizabeth "Beth" McCullough Johnson is Florida's first female state senator. She was elected in 1962. Before that she was Florida's female elected to the Florida House in 1958. There's a park in Orlando named after her at 59 S Ivanhoe Blvd named Senator Beth Johnson Park.
The 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. It was passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920.