Franklin Town Council Recognizes Women’s History Month

This week, the Franklin Town Council voted unanimously to designate March as Women’s History Month recognizing that “American women of every race, class and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways.”

The proclamation was sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County. The motion to approve the proclamation was made by Vice Mayor Barbara McRae, who is a founding member of the Franklin’s Women’s History Trail and a board member of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County. Several members of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County were in attendance for the signing of the proclamation by Mayor Bob Scott.

“The Women’s History Trail, a project sponsored by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County, strives to celebrate the lives of Macon County women and honor their accomplishments while creating a path to let residents and visitors ‘walk in her steps’ to experience history in a deeper and more personal way and weave together the disparate elements of our history: Native American, White, Black; those of all levels of society; those native to this area, those of pioneer stock and those more recently arrived.”

The Women’s History Trail is working on the development of a history trail highlighting women in Macon County. Currently, the board is in the planning and development stages of phase one of the trail which will feature several historical markers in downtown Franklin. Future plans will be to have a life size sculpture depicting historical women of Macon County in the “gateway to Franklin.”

As stated in the proclamation women have played and continue to play critical economic, cultural and social roles in every sphere of life by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside of the home as well as serving in the military. In addition, women have played a unique role throughout the history of our country by providing the majority of the volunteer labor in the country. Women have also contributed significantly to the establishment of early charitable, philanthropic and cultural institutions in our Nation.

Each year since 1987, the President, Senate and House of Representatives have designated March as Women’s History Month. With the signed proclamation, Franklin will now recognize Women’s History Month calling on all residents to observe with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities. Next week, members of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County will be going before the Macon County Board of Commissioners with the same proclamation for their approval.