Marion County will be planting the Rosa 'Julia Child' Floribunda Rose and plaque on the South East corner of the courthouse lawn at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. This planting is in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote by ratification of the 19th Amendment. The public is invited to attend.
The Arkansas Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Committee was created to lead the state's remembrance of women receiving the right to vote by ratification of the 19th Amendment. The Committee has already hosted several events to expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of women's suffrage in Arkansas. The Committee will cease to exist in December of 2020, and they would like to conclude the commemoration with a signature project involving all 75 counties - the Yellow Rose Project. The Arkansas Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Committee would like to place a 'Julia Child' yellow rose bush at each of the county courthouses during the Spring of 2020 before the national 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in August. A continued planting partnership with each county's local Girl Scout troops, local Master Gardeners, and/or historical societies would certainly be welcome! A small plaque will accompany each rose and the Division of Arkansas Heritage will assist with the press releases to highlight each planting ceremony. The rose and the plaque will be free of charge. They firmly believe that placing these roses at the center of county government, particularly as the official keeper of voter registration records, emphasizes this monumental occasion in our nation's history.