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APSU’s Karen Bullis, Kathy Lee Heuston film ‘Tennessee Triumph: Making a Moment’ premieres at June Art Walk


Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Two Austin Peay State University (APSU) professors will premiere their documentary about the creation of Tennessee Triumph – a Clarksville monument that celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, which secured women’s right to vote.

Austin Peay State Univesity professors (L to R) Kathy Lee Heuston and Karen Bullis. (APSU)

Austin Peay State Univesity professors (L to R) Kathy Lee Heuston and Karen Bullis. (APSU)

APSU professors and filmmakers Karen Bullis and Kathy Lee Heuston will attend the debut of “Tennessee Triumph: Making a Monument” at 6:00pm June 3rd at Customs House Museum & Cultural Center. The film’s premiere will be a part of the First Thursday Art Walk in Downtown Clarksville.

The documentary spans two years of planning, creating and installing the monument and features interviews with the Clarksville women who worked to make the sculpture happen. Interviews include Ellen Kanervo, Rosalind Kurita, Khandra Smalley, Brenda Harper, Melissa Miller, Martha Pile, and 9-year-old Margaux Silvey, who raised $1,000 to help fund the monument.

The film also includes scenes of sculptor Roy W. Butler in Alpine, Utah, shaping the clay, Gary Streadbeck explaining how a bronze statue is fabricated and local architect Pam Powell discussing the design and construction of the monument base.

The monument, a 1.25 times life-sized statue of a woman casting a ballot represents all Clarksville women who worked for suffrage. Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which became part of the U.S. Constitution on August 26th, 1920. Tennessee Triumph was dedicated on August 18th, 2020, at Clarksville’s Public Square.

Bullis and Heuston are professors in Austin Peay State University’s Department of Communication.




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