This year you may have heard mention of the young man Harry Burn, who, in 1920, cast the deciding vote in Tennessee to ratify the 19th Amendment. Tyler Boyd is Harry T. Burn's great-grandnephew and the great-great-grandson of Febb Burn, who notoriously sent her son Harry a letter that included the line "Hurrah and vote for suffrage," he received this the day he cast his momentous vote. A few years ago Tyler set out to write the story of his ancestors.
With a B.A. in History and M.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee, Tyler is a teacher at Lenoir City High School in Lenoir City, Tennessee. Over the years, the more Tyler found out about Harry, the more he wanted to share all of the information he collected, in one place. Thinking there would not be enough first hand accounts and records to fill a book, he conceptualized an essay, but soon discovered that the project would be better suited as a full publication. During this program you will learn more about the discoveries Tyler made as he wrote "Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections and a Life of Service."
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Executive Director, Alice Paul Institute
Executive Director Lucienne Beard has been active with API since 1994, first as a volunteer and a board member and from 2000-2007 as API’s Program Director, establishing the interpretive story for public visitation at Paulsdale and creating the Alice Paul Leadership Programs for girls. She has been the Executive Director at API since 2012. She has a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University and an MA in American History from Rutgers University. Beard has served on the boards of the Girl Scouts, PA Museums, New Century Trust, and currently is Treasurer on the board of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and a steering committee member for the Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative and a New Jersey delegate to the Vision 2020.
Tyler Boyd is the great-grandnephew of Harry T. Burn and the great-great-grandson of Febb Burn. Born and raised in Athens, Tennessee, he earned a B.A. in History and M.S. in Education from University of Tennessee. Boyd is a teacher at Lenoir City High School in Lenoir City, Tennessee, and serves as a member of the Programs Committee at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum. He is also a member of the McMinn County, East Tennessee, and Tennessee Historical Societies.His first book Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections and a Life of Service was selected for the Tennessee State Museum's 2020 Book Club in July 2020.
Program Coordinator Altana “Tane” West came to the Alice Paul Institute in 2019 to support Centennial celebrations for 100 years of women having the right to vote. New to the world of non-profit work, West became passionate about equality through her escapades in over thirty countries across six continents.
With a B.A. in Law and Justice from Rowan University, she hopes to one day pursue policy writing at the local level. Alice Paul is her inspiration and she could not feel more honored getting to hold this position with API.