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The Alabama Voter 
Winter 2010 Edition
Published February 17, 2010

Constitution 1901 Film Debuts

by Nancy Ekberg, LWVAL Constitutional Reform Chair

Finally, the re-enactment film "Open Secret", created from the official transcript of the 1901 Constitutional Convention, is ready and scheduled for screenings throughout the state.   The film, partly financed by the LWVAL Education Fund, portrays a group of actors, in period costume, voicing the words of the delegates to that Convention. A moderator describes the scenes as they unfold.  A woman, Frances Griffin, pleads with the all male delegates to allow women to have the right to vote.  But she, like poor whites and most Blacks, are turned down.  Each free, half hour film screening is followed by a panel discussion of the need for a new constitution and someone speaking for a convention vs someone speaking for article by article reform.   Screenings are scheduled at the following sites.  Please go to  to schedule a screening in your area. If you do so, you are responsible for providing the panel.  You may also e-mail or call 205 540-7501.   Screenings scheduled so far are: February 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at Department of Archives and History in Montgomery February 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Carver Theatre in Birmingham March 30th at noon at the State Capitol Auditorium in Montgomery  ACCR Region Chairs are planning screenings in Huntsville, Mobile, Selma and at colleges throughout the state.

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