"Never a Braver Spirit": The Life and Legacy of Madeline McDowell Breckinridge

For 2020, the life story of Madeline McDowell Breckinridge will be on exhibit in Ashland’s temporary exhibit space. Madge, as she was called, was a remarkable woman whose work as a progressive reformer and champion of Women’s Suffrage continues to bear fruit today. Through more than 30 artifacts, this new exhibit explores her life and accomplishments and sheds light on the member of Henry Clay’s family whose legacy has come closest to approaching his achievements. This exhibit also connects Ashland with the larger commemoration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, women’s right to vote, which will take place this year. Thanks to the University of Kentucky Library Department of Special Collections and Digital Projects and the Kentucky Historical Society for loans to the exhibit.



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