President Trump celebrates 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment

President Donald Trump signs a proclamation recognizing the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 11:48 AM PT – Tuesday, August 18, 2020

President Trump honored the patriots who secured women’s right to vote. During a ceremony at the White House Tuesday, he signed a proclamation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

The First Lady as well as members of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission were in attendance and watched as the president announced a pardon for women’s suffrage champion Susan B. Anthony. Well known for her contribution to the movement, Anthony was arrested and convicted in 1872 for voting illegally.

“As we fight to deliver a better future for all women and for all Americans, we remember the wonderful women one century ago,” said President Trump. “While I am president, American will always honor its heroes and we will always honor the patriots who secured women’s right to vote.”

The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission was granted a section of the White House fence in June, which is a landmark where suffragists picketed in 1917. It will be displayed in the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial located in Lorton,Virginia later this year.

Actors portray observers during the re-enactment of Tennessee’s historic vote for the 19th Amendment in the House chamber at the State Capitol on the vote’s 100th anniversary Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and was the final state needed to achieve a two-thirds majority for passage. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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