Dedication & Unveiling Ceremony

Mary Edmunds Bronaugh played a significant role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving Kentucky women the right to vote.  Her leadership in several local and statewide organizations helped to foster equal rights for women.  She was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky in 1885, the only child of William Venable Bronaugh and Mary Edmunds Bronaugh. She enrolled at the University of Chicago Law School in 1913. At the turn-of-the-century, attending law school was still very much a rarity for women and it demonstrates Bronaugh’s willingness to step beyond prescribed gender roles. Upon completion of her law training with honors in 1915, she passed the bar and became one of Kentucky’s first female lawyers.

Her desire to pursue a career went hand-in-hand with a new commitment to women’s organizations. In 1912, Bronaugh attended the annual meeting of the Federation of Woman’s Clubs at Mammoth Cave. Though the Maysville Public Ledger called her “a leader in the suffrage movement,” her role in the Kentucky Equal Rights Association is not easy to discern. After the United States entered the Great War in 1917, she organized and became president of a Hopkinsville branch chapter of the Navy League, possibly as a tribute to her father who had been a naval officer. The organization proudly reported that it had packed and shipped bandages and was doing everything possible to serve the nation’s soldiers.

In a March 20, 1920, Courier-Journal article, Mary was listed as one of 21 members of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association who warned that male political leaders would be “out of luck” if they opposed granting suffrage to women.  The amendment was ratified on August 18th of that year.

By 1920, Bronaugh’s suffrage activism had launched her into leadership positions and once the 19th Amendment passed, she was one of the women responsible for the creation of Kentucky’s chapter of the League of Women Voters (KLWV) in 1920. Madge Breckinridge, the famed suffragist who died shortly before the League was formed, had personally advocated for Bronaugh to serve as the League’s Chairman. The organization complied with Breckinridge’s wishes and Bronaugh accepted the position. The League’s purpose was to pass legislation “tending to the equalization of the political, economic, and commercial status of the sex.”

Throughout the 1920s, 1930s, and into the 1940s, Bronaugh remained an active force for change. She went to Washington, D. C. in 1921 to lobby for passage of the Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Act. In the 1930s, she became a vocal support of a federal Equal Rights Amendment and served as an officer of the Kentucky Federation of Business and Professional Women. When the U.S. entered World War II, she once again demonstrated her patriotism by becoming regent of the Hopkinsville chapter of the D. A. R.

Bronaugh was a dedicated and passionate woman, who committed herself to achieving justice—both in the courtroom and at the ballot box. She reportedly spent the later years of her life alone. Yet, despite the quiet end to her rich career of activism, Mary Bronaugh’s dedication helped generations of women exercise their right to vote. She died in 1973 and is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Hopkinsville.

Joe Mumford Park Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Carter Hendricks invites the community to come celebrate the unveiling of Joe Mumford Park at an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. The park is located at the corner of Woodmill Road and East 18th Street.

Mayor Hendricks noted, “I am excited to see this park project come to fruition. Thanks to Councilmember Patricia Bell’s persistent leadership and City Council’s support, we are celebrating the relocation and reestablishment of one of Hopkinsville’s most beloved and well known neighborhood parks. We will all be pleased as we see young people, families, and residents from all over our community taking advantage of this awesome opportunity.” Hendricks added, “We’ve also been honored to learn more about the park’s namesake as the Mumford family has truly made their mark in our community and across the globe. I encourage the public to join us for this very special ribbon cutting.”

Joe Mumford Park’s reconstruction was authorized by Hopkinsville City Council as part of the Hoptown-Christian County WINS slate of projects. The $650,000 recreational development measures 3.76 acres and features a playground, basketball court, pavilion, restroom facilities, parking, and lawn areas for gatherings.

For more information on the ceremony, please call 270-890-0200.

Engine #1 Comes Home

Join your friends at the Museums as they welcome the 1928 American LaFrance truck back to its original home in the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum, formerly the city’s Central Fire Station. They will hold a short dedication program and will have local firefighters on site to discuss the truck and the work that they did on it. Light refreshments will be served.

The City of Hopkinsville purchased this American LaFrance 1,000-gallon-per-minute pumper at one dollar per pound: $13,750. It was delivered by rail from Elmira, New York on January 21, 1928. The American LaFrance was the first-run truck until 1940. The city sold the truck to John W. “Woody” Winfree on June 20, 1968, and Winfree presented it to the Pennyroyal Area Museum in 2004.

Known as Engine #1, this truck served the Hopkinsville Fire Department for 40 years and still bears all of its original parts and paint scheme. Thanks to the skill, work, and elbow grease of members of the Hopkinsville Fire Department, folks at the city’s Public Works garage, and other mechanics, the truck has been carefully conserved and reassembled for exhibition at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum. Join them for its homecoming on Friday, August 2, and be among the first to see it returned to its original location.

The truck will make its way back to the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum on the afternoon of Thursday, August 1. If you are on Main Street, come out and see the trailer bring this iconic truck back to the station it called home.

Contact the Museums of Hopkinsville at 270-887-4270 with any questions.

Dedication & Ribbon Cutting – 2019 Class Project – Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County

Please join the 2018-2019 Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County class at the dedication and official ribbon cutting, celebrating the completion of their renovations at the Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center.