FLOTUS chooses Nashville teen to represent Tennessee in national women's suffrage art exhibit

Posted at 9:20 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 10:00:14-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It's been 100 years since women secured the right to vote.

To celebrate, First Lady Melania Trump selected students from a national art competition to be showcased in an exhibit in front of the White House that represented the women's suffrage movement.

A 17-year-old high school senior from Nashville was chosen to represent Tennessee.

"At first I felt like I didn't believe it," said Madison Eddins. "It's really an honor to represent Tennessee."

The national art exhibit "Building the Movement: America’s Youth Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage" featured students in grades third through 12th.

The exhibit depicts individuals, objects and events that hold significant meaning to the women's suffrage movement.

Eddins, a senior at Nashville School of the Arts, chose to draw Ida B. Wells, Sue Shelton White, and J. Frankie Pierce.

She says they were crucial members of the movement and their empathy and drive helped create change.

Ida B. Wells is an activist for civil rights and co-founder of the Alpha Suffrage Club of Chicago. Sue Shelton White is a member of the National Woman's Party and feminist J. Frankie Pierce

To see the rest of the artists who were chosen for this exhibit and their artwork, you can click here.