On July 28 women from all walks of life attended a tea at the Governor’s Mansion that began the Arkansas Yellow Rose-Bush project: The Centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in Arkansas.

On Aug. 27, 2017, Gov. Asa Hutchinson created the Arkansas Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Committee to lead the state’s remembrance of the women receiving the right to vote, according to a news release.

“The committee works with the people of Arkansas to plan activities, conduct research, and otherwise expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of women’s suffrage in Arkansas,” according to the release.

More than 200 women representing groups from around the state were treated to the high tea hosted by the governor and First Lady Susan Hutchinson. The groups included the Colonial Dames of America, United States Daughters of 1812, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames 17th Century, New England Women and Dames of the Court of Honor, according to the release.

After the tea, the first lady, with assistance from Girl Scouts, planted a ceremonial yellow rose bush in the rose garden.

The committee plans to plant a commemorative yellow rose bush in each county in Arkansas over the next year. Girl Scouts across the state will be partnering with the committee in this endeavor. The bushes will be planted at public sites such as courthouses, public libraries and city halls.

“The passing of the 19th Amendment was a long, hard struggle beginning in 1848 when a convention of women, held in Seneca Falls, N.Y., met to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman. Some women and men both were against women voting believing it would destroy the family,” according to the release.

“The 19th Amendment became law on Aug. 26, 1920. It states, ‘The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex’.”