HIGH POINT, NC (March 9, 2020) This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. To commemorate this significant part of our history, the High Point Museum plans to host an assortment of programs and events dedicated to the diverse women who made history in our community – locally, regionally and nationally.
March is Women’s History Month which began in 1978 as Women’s History Week but since 1995 every president has declared March Women’s History Month. The 2020 Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote.”
High Point Museum presents our "Year of the Woman" Film Series in celebration of women throughout history. Each film embraces a woman from a different culture showing her strength, determination, and courage while facing adversity. The first film in this series will be "Harriet," about Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad. This film is rated PG-13. It is scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at 2.p.m. at the High Point Museum located at 1859 E. Lexington Ave.
"What better way to honor the historic and constant struggle of women than to spotlight real women who fought against systems that were determined to keep them in their place," Sara Blanchett, Curator of Education for the High Point Museum, said. "In showing these films, people can see that strong woman on the screen as a representative of millions, and in turn, truly appreciate how long it took to get the social, economic, and political rights we all enjoy today."
The other films in the series include: "The King and I" June 13, "Selena" September 12 and "Iron Jawed Angels" December 12. Each showing will begin at 2 p.m. and are open and free to the public.
Also Saturday, March 14 at noon Diane Faison will perform "The Spirit of Harriet Tubman. She wrote this one-woman play about the leader of the Underground Railroad. Free and open to the public
Follow us on social media as we highlight local women and organizations throughout this month.
The High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library, shares Greater High Point’s history, provides perspective for current issues, and strengthens the sense of community.
The City of High Point aims to serve as the catalyst for bringing together the community’s human, economic and civic resources for the purpose of creating the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America. For more information on the City, visit www.highpointnc.gov