May 6, 2019 – Carroll Lutheran Village hosted the unveiling of a highway marker commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on May 4. Passed in 1920, the 19th Amendment gives women the right to vote.
The marker highlights the Just Government League, the largest group in Maryland to advocate for women’s suffrage. Carroll County’s chapter was very active, led by founding president Mary Shellman, who is well-known in local history.
The chair of the statewide effort to commemorate the anniversary is led by the first female Adjutant General in Maryland, Major General Linda Singh, along with a panel of outstanding women in Maryland government, politics, and community.
Many Village residents who attended were just infants when their mothers had the opportunity to vote for the first time. Others commented that it is important to remember that the right to vote is an important one that, only a century ago, women had to fight to obtain.
The highway marker is one of three to be installed this year in Maryland. It will be located along Route 31 near the intersection of Route 140 in Westminster.