National Archives News

National Archives Buildings Go for the Gold and Purple

By Victoria Macchi | National Archives News

WASHINGTON, August 24, 2020—The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and several Presidential Libraries are awash in gold and purple for a few more days, giving the public a socially distanced way to mark the official centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. View the suffrage colors illuminating the facades after dark through August 26, or watch the video below to see the time-lapsed transition, recorded by Nation Archives digital management systems specialist Susana Raab last week. This is part of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) Forward Into Light Campaign, named in honor of the historic suffrage slogan, “Forward through the Darkness, Into the Light.”

Share your images of the National Archives and Presidential Libraries in purple and gold by using #Archives19at100 and #forwardintolight on social media. 

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