Local artist, NSDAR member recognized at 129th Continental Congress

Special to the E-T
Mary Waters, member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, received first place in the sculpture category in the American Heritage competition at the 129th Continental Congress in Washington, D.C.

Local artist and sculptor Mary Waters was recognized during the 129th Continental Congress of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C. for her first-place win in the sculpture category of the American Heritage competition.

Waters titled her sculpture “Advancing Toward Equality” to incorporate the designated theme “Rise, and Shine Your Light on the 19th Amendment.” The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment will be commemorated on Aug. 26, 2020.

The first figure in her composition is of a pregnant woman, who had no rights, carrying a heavy load and subservient to her husband. The second figure is of a woman who is learning to read and think for herself, but still not able to express her thoughts especially in the voting booth. The third figure is of a woman who has found her voice and is facing her fear and speaking out to help others see that women are entitled by their Creator to have the right to VOTE.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.

To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDAR, twitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR. To contact the local NSDAR Chapter in Stephenville, please email tehalanna@gmail.com with your inquiry.