Voices from the Garden, Women’s Monument Dedication Event
Virginia Capitol Grounds, Richmond
October 14, 2019

The monument that was first in the nation in honor of women on state capitol grounds was dedicated on October 14, 2019 during a ceremony featuring remarks by elected officials and members of the Women’s Monument Commission. Recognizing the full range of women’s achievements, the oval-shaped plaza contains bronze statues honoring Virginia women from different centuries, backgrounds, and areas of the Commonwealth, including Anne Burras Laydon, Cockacoeske, Mary Draper Ingles, Martha Washington, Clementina Rind, Elizabeth Keckly, Sally L. Tompkins, Maggie L. Walker, Sarah G. Jones, Laura S. Copenhaver, Virginia E. Randolph, and Adèle Clark. The monument’s design also includes a wall of honor inscribed with the names of Virginia women who have had notable achievements, made significant contributions, or set important examples within their chosen fields of endeavor at the regional, state, or national levels. Voices from the Garden, the Virginia Women’s Monument is a legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution.