Birthplace for Equal Suffrage for Women in Florida

Birthplace for Equal Suffrage for Women in Florida (HM9A8)

Location: Fellsmere, FL 32948 Indian River County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 46.383', W 80° 36.077'

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" The population of Fellsmere is of a high type of intelligence, with lofty ideals and wise execution. Progressive in all things, perhaps no better indication of the fact may be given than the unanimous vote of the town granting unrestricted suffrage to women." Fellsmere Tribune, March 8, 1916.

At a February 1915 meeting at the Dixie Theater, Fellsmere citizens accepted the articles of incorporation unanimously. The charter included a unique proposal that women be "granted full and equal privilege for suffrage in municipal elections." Local bills seldom received close scrutiny from legislators, and the equal suffrage provision went unnoticed. In signing the act that created the town of Fellsmere, Governor Park Trammell, in effect, gave women the right to vote in its municipal elections. In the June 19, 1915 city election, Mrs. Zena M. Dreier was the first woman to cast a ballot in Fellsmere, in all of Florida, and south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The town residents took much pride in this unique woman's right, and urged neighboring municipalities to follow the ?Fellsmere Way' to equal suffrage. In 1919, a U.S. Constitutional amendment granted suffrage to women. But history will note that Fellsmere led the way.
HM NumberHM9A8
Marker NumberF-519
Year Placed2004
Placed ByNational Organization for Women -Indian River and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 539284 N 3072126
Decimal Degrees27.77305000, -80.60128333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 46.383', W 80° 36.077'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 46' 22.98" N, 80° 36' 4.62" W
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Area Code(s)772
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 140 N Broadway St, Fellsmere FL 32948, US
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