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Muted Belles by Gail Rothschild

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Muted Belles by Gail Rothschild / Photo by Jason N Miller

Photograph by Jason N Miller, 2013

Muted Belles Revisited 

Artifacts and images of the eight women featured on the outdoor sculpture Muted Belles: A Monument to Women of Memphis are on display through March 31 in Caseworks. Gail Rothschild created the outdoor sculpture 20 years ago in collaboration with AMUM and University of Memphis students and faculty. AMUM is revisiting the sculpture during Women's History Month.

Muted Belles refers to Southern women who could not be considered belles, in the usual sense because of their race, economic or social position, or politically incorrect behavior and views. Wrapped around the classical columns are shapes that look like a cross between bells and hoop skirts (bells and belles). Bells may ring to celebrate or warn, but these bells are silent. Around the entablature are the names of notable Memphis women who are insufficiently recognized for their contributions to local history: Annie Cook, Myra Driefus, Julia Hooks, Alberta Hunter, Suzanne Scruggs, Ida B. Wells, Juanita Williamson, Frances Wright.

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