Selected paintings

Virtual Program: Nora Houston – Artist & Activist

Learn about Nora Houston (1883-1942), Richmond artist, art teacher, and activist.  Miss Houston, the niece of Major James Dooley, was a leading suffragette in Virginia and a founding member of The Equal Suffrage League of Virginia.  She was also a leading voice for racial reconciliation and children’s rights.

John Tucker, the President of The Nora Houston Foundation, speaks of Miss Houston’s life and work, as well as the work of the Foundation to preserve many of Miss Houston paintings.  On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, the Foundation will dedicate a grave marker at Miss Houston’s previously unmarked grave in Shockoe Hill Cemetery in Richmond.  The event will take place at 7:00 pm and is open to the public.  August 18th was chosen as the date for the dedication because it is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, expanding the right to vote to women.

The Nora Houston Foundation is pleased to work with The Parsons’ Cause Foundation and St. John’s Church Foundation in presenting this program.  Thanks also go to The Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery and The Catholic Woman’s Club of Richmond (of which Miss Houston was the President from 1934 to 1936).

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The Board of Directors of

The Nora Houston Foundation, Inc.

Cordially invites you to

The Dedication and Blessing of Miss Houston’s

Grave Marker

On the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of

The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Shockoe Hill Cemetery

4th & Hospital Streets

Richmond, VA 23219


Remarks by the Honorable M. Hannah Lauck

Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

The Main Entrance to the Cemetery is the East Gate on Hospital Street

Parking is Available along the Side of Any of the Streets inside the Cemetery

No RSVP Necessary

This Event is Open to the Public

Please Feel Free to Share this Invitation with Others

The Dedication and Blessing should conclude by approximately 7:30 p.m.

No Seating will be provided – Please Bring your Own if Needed

Direct Questions to John Tucker, President of the Foundation: or 804-837-4900


When I was a child growing up in Richmond, there was no art gallery or museum, no art in the colleges, and no art school, except the Richmond Art Club, founded by Adele Clark and her friend, Nora Houston.

Theresa Pollak, founder, VCUarts, 1973
VCU Galleries



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