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Art of Suffrage exhibit moves to new site in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

An exhibit marking 100 years since women were first allowed to vote has been relocated to Niagara Falls for the next several months.

The Art of Suffrage, which was displayed earlier this year at the Kenan Center in Lockport, will spend the next nine months inside Power City Eatery at 444 3rd Street.

Sara Capen, executive director of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, explains it's being placed in a location that may draw both tourists and locals.

"We think there's a great opportunity to introduce the story to audiences that are here visiting Niagara Falls. It's within probably a half a mile of Niagara Falls State Park," she said. "It's surrounded by many different businesses. Power City Eatery is an established business. It has a pretty strong clientele, regulars, as well as new folks that come in."

The exhibit features a mix of images and text, telling the tales of just some of the women who worked to achieve the right to vote, leading up to passage and enactment of the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Capen noted that the 100 years in which women have had a right to vote still represents less than half of the lifespan of the United States.

"And this is a reminder that many people, including women, had to fight to earn the right to vote," she said. "I feel like it is our duty and responsibility today to make sure that we do, because it was a fight. It was a struggle. And it's in the recent past. A hundred years is not that long ago."

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza.