Nonprofit pays tribute to women's suffrage movement with large-scale public art across Tennessee

Contributed Photo by Odinn Media / Tokyo-born artist Juuri painted the kabuki-style "Wisteria Maiden" on the back of Memories Antiques in downtown Tullahoma, Tennessee, as part of Walls for Women. The mural honors the Japanese prisoners held at nearby Camp Forrest in World War II.

One hundred years after the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, a large-scale art project across Tennessee is offering mural support for women's right to vote.

For the last couple of months, a nonprofit known as DMA-events (Do. More. Art.) has focused its efforts on Walls for Women, featuring original art by an all-female team of professional muralists. So far, their work appears on walls in Tullahoma, McMinnville, Maryville, Nolensville and Knoxville.

Nashville will be the final mural in this first phase of the project, with completion expected Aug. 18, 100 years to the day that young state Rep. Harry T. Burn of Niota, at the urging of his mother, offered an "aye" vote to make Tennessee the last of the necessary 36 states to secure ratification.

"We're still trying to hash out a location in Centerville, and we also are probably going to do another pro-bono mural or two in Tullahoma and maybe Manchester after Aug.