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African American Women Voters in Louisa County (1920)

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African American Women Voters in Louisa County (1920)


The effects of the 19th Amendment.


Further investigating women’s voting rights in Louisa County, poll books indicate that many types of women registered to vote for the 1920 election. Besides observing different occupations, ages, and locations, varying races played a role in early Louisa County registration. Of the 82 Louisa women that registered to vote for the 1920 election, 16 were African American. Those 16 specifically labeled themselves as housekeepers, housewives, teachers, laundresses, or waitresses. African American voters fell between the ages of 30 to 50, and registered in either Louisa or Trevilians. The earliest African American woman to register was Annette Mathews on September 17, 1920. Behind her were Esther Brown Sims, who registered on September 23, 1920, and Mary D. Burruss and Della Warren Jordan, who both registered on September 24, 1920.


Louisa County Historical Society


Louisa County Historical Society




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