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The Yellow Rose Project -- commemorating 100 years of women's right to vote -- was launched July 28 at the Governor's Mansion with a tea hosted by first lady Susan and Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

About 175 guests were greeted by the Hutchinsons as they arrived, many in hats suitable for a tea and many wearing stickpins with fabric yellow roses. With their Earl Grey tea, guests enjoyed finger sandwiches and sweets including lemon violet tea cookies, cloud cookies and truffles.

Gallery: The Yellow Rose Project

A program included remarks by the governor who noted the event was a celebration of women's right to vote in Arkansas and "participating in democracy should be as natural as breathing."

He said, "That has not always been the case for women and that's why we assemble in this great hall because 100 years ago today, Arkansas recognized the right for women to participate fully in democracy."

Also speaking was Kathleen Pate, chairwoman of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commemoration Committee. After the program, the first lady planted a yellow rose bush on the mansion grounds, the first in a campaign to plant a yellow rose bush in each Arkansas county.

High Profile on 08/04/2019

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