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River Magic Chorus to perform at celebration of 19th Amendment

Aug. 19, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- On Tuesday, Aug. 24, women will be marching again for the vote.

This time they will be marching to celebrate the fact that women have had the right to vote since 1920 when the 19th Amendment was passed. The event is organized by the Huntington Area League of Women voters (LMV), Marshall University Women's Studies and MU Women's Center. The national LWV became organized in 1920 to provide voters education and assure the success of American democracy.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. beginning at Pullman Plaza. Activities will include a brief presentation of the history of the struggle for women's suffrage by Dr. Kat Williams, president of the West Virginia Women's Commission, a parade from Pullman Plaza to the Cabell County Courthouse (3rd Avenue to 8th Street), Sojourner Truth (portrayed by Carolyn Thomas) will relate how she helped in the efforts to pass the 19th Amendment and a musical performance by River Magic Chorus of Sweet Adelines International.

River Magic Chorus is a women's barbershop-style chorus, it has a membership of 35 members from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.

Sandy Joseph, who sings lead in the chorus, is very excited about this performance.

"My great-grandmother, Nellie Houston Farley, told me that she marched in Huntington demonstrations for Women's Suffrage. Once the 19th Amendment was passed, she was the first woman in her township to get a driver's license and own a car," she said.

Farley grew up in Central City in Huntington until she married and moved to Rome Township, Ohio. After her husband's death in 1917, she raised her children, ran the family farm and became the owner of a grocery store. She exemplified the American suffragist who worked for the passage of the 19th Amendment.

One song to be performed by River Magic is very appropriate for the event, with lyrics that describe "a whole new world, a new fantastic point of view. No one to tell us no, or where to go, or say we're only dreaming."

River Magic Chorus is open to women 18 years or older who reside in Kentucky, Ohio or West Virginia.

For more information about the celebration, call 304-696-3112, 304-710-5589 or 304-736-3287. For more information on the River Magic Chorus, call Peggy Napier at 304-453-1918.

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