Due to a special Joint Meeting of Congress taking place in the Capitol on Wednesday, April 29, the U.S. Capitol will be closed to tours until approximately 12:30 p.m. on that day. The Capitol Visitor Center will remain open throughout the day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and guided tours of the Capitol Visitor Center will be available while the Capitol is closed.
Many 19th-century woman suffragists also sought to end slavery. They flooded Congress with petitions for abolition and for voting rights for all citizens, including women and African American men. After the Civil War the movement temporarily split: some worked for the immediate goal of suffrage for black men; others pursued universal voting rights for woman suffrage. In 1870 the Fifteenth Amendment secured voting rights for men regardless of race; women fought another 50 years for the right to vote.