Pictures of a sculpture covered with mosaic tiles portraying people and messages celebrating women's suffrage

Celebrating and Honoring the Efforts of Exceptional Women

Saturday, October 31, dozens of community members gathered on the bank of the Rock River just south of the YMCA Log Lodge for the dedication of a new piece of public art. The sculpture, which commemorates the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which secured the right to vote for women in the United States, is a project of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration Northern Illinois committee. It is the first public art installation dedicated solely to women in the region. 

Under the guidance of artist Susan Burton, dozens of volunteers cut tiles and crafted the large mosaic panels and sculpture base by hand. The primary colors used are purple, gold, and white, the colors of the American suffrage movement. The first panel features Rockford suffragist and business woman Kate O'Connor. The second, Dr. Constance L. Goode, Rockford educator and civil right activist. The third side of the sculpture represents the future and features four young women from different cultures and ethnicities who are able to freely exercise their rights and their vote.

Among the notable attendees were four members of Dr. Constance Goode's family, her son Andre, daughter Alicia Gladney, and granddaughters Krystalyn Goode and Gabriella Gladney, who shared special memories of Dr. Goode and exhorted those in attendance to remember and honor the efforts of suffragists and civil rights activists by voting and by working to protect the rights of all Americans. 

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois supported the Women's Suffrage Centennial Sculpture with a 2019 Community Grant. In summer 2020 CFNIL also worked with an anonymous donor who matched gifts made to the Dr. Constance L. Goode Memorial Scholarship with a donation of $10,000 to the sculpture project. 

Below, view a video of Dr. Goode's granddaughters reading a letter written by their grandfather about their grandmother during the dedication ceremony. 

View more photos and videos from the dedication ceremony.

On Saturday, October 31, 2020, a sculpture celebrating the centennial of women's suffrage in the United States was dedicated on the banks of the Rock River just south of the YMCA Log Lodge. One of the panels of the sculpture memorializes Dr. Constance L. Goode, Rockford educator and civil rights activist. Four members of Dr. Goode's family were in attendance: her son Andre, daughter Alicia, and granddaughters Krystalyn and Gabriella. This is a video of Krystalyn and Gabriella reading a letter written by their grandfather, Alphonse Goode, about his wife.