Don’t miss Pattie and Josephine: Waiting in Alabama, a one-act play at Vulcan Park & Museum on March 5


The audience pays attention at Washington & Du Bois: Two Opinions, One Goal. Photo courtesy of Vulcan Park and Museum

In conjunction with their new women’s suffrage exhibit, Vulcan Park & Museum is hosting a one-act, two-person play about the struggle for equal voting rights in Alabama. The play kicks off on March 5 at 2PM and 6PM, so grab your tickets now before they sell out!

Celebrate the centennial of the passing of the 19th Amendment at Vulcan

Right or Privilege? Alabama Women and the Vote
The Right or Privilege exhibit at Vulcan Park & Museum takes a look at the women’s suffrage movement in Alabama. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

In January, Vulcan Park & Museum unveiled Right or Privilege? Alabama Women and the Vote, their new exhibit about women’s suffrage in Alabama. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving the vote to women was ratified in 1920, but in segregated Southern States like Alabama, the fight for voting rights was far from over.

Right or Privilege highlights 19 Alabama women who were instrumental in the struggle for voting rights, such as:

Pattie and Josephine: Waiting in Alabama

Pattie Ruffner Jacobs, one of Alabama’s early proponents for women’s suffrage. Photo via Birmingham Public Library Archives

Pattie and Josephine is a one act, two-person play about Pattie Ruffner Jacobs and her friend, Josephine. As women of different races, Pattie and Josephine share their experiences fighting for equal voting rights in the early 20th century.

Pattie Ruffner Jacobs was an early proponent of women’s suffrage in Alabama. She was the president of the Alabama Equal Suffrage Association and later joined the board of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Although Josephine is an invention of the author, she is based on the stories of several Alabama women from this time period.

Meet the Crew

Lee Shackleford, author of Pattie and Josephine, seen here playing Orson Welles. Photo courtesy of Vulcan Park & Museum

Lee Shackleford (Writer): Lee is a writer for stage, screen, radio and podcasts with more than 200 produced scripts to his name. Lee has written scripts about Booker T. Washington, Virginia Durr, Alvin Vogtle and several other famous people from Alabama’s history. In addition to writing, Lee teaches playwriting and screenwriting for the UAB Department of Theatre.

Melissa “Mel” Christian (Director): A native of Northport, AL, Mel serves as the Program Manager for the UAB Department of Theatre. In addition to Pattie and Josephine, Mel has been involved with numerous performances for Theatre Downtown and Birmingham Festival Theatre.

“This has been a really exciting opportunity to explore a female-centric part of Alabama history. This show not only deftly chronicles a vastly important movement in history, but humanizes it as well.”

Melissa Christian

Briana Scott (Josephine): Briana currently studies in the UAB Department of Theatre, where she recently performed in the critically acclaimed play The Wolves.

Kristen Hall (Pattie): Kristen is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at UAB, where she recently participated in The Maids and the world premiere of the original play Savage.

“I look up to Pattie in many ways. She is a role model that I think many girls and young women, including myself, could look up to. She is very smart, and not afraid to go against the status quo, but humble enough to admit when she is wrong.”

Kristen Hall

Grab Your Tickets Before They Sell Out

Pattie and Josephine: Waiting in Alabama kicks off on March 5. Photo courtesy of Vulcan Park
  • Date: Thursday, March 5
  • Time: 2PM-3:30PM, 6PM-7:30PM
  • Location: 1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209

Act fast–Pattie and Josephine only runs for one day. Visit Vulcan Park & Museum to buy your tickets to either the 2PM showing or the 6PM showing.

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Nathan Watson
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