Vigils Around NC Honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg – After 9/18/20

Our beloved Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020. A vigil naturally happened at the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) that night. Vigils have since popped up around the country and in NC. Here are some, including one organized by Triad NOW President Ana Tampanna.

Triad NOW’s impromptu Vigil in honor of #SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had almost 50 attendees! Photo Credit: Ana Tampanna

1. Triad NOW President Ana Tampanna organized an impromptu RBG Vigil on 9/20/20 to allow people in the Piedmont Triad to honor the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  They mourned the woman who was an emblem for women’s rights. 

Tampanna is quoted in “Piedmont Triad mourns Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Fox News.

2. Raleigh

An individual organized the vigil in Raleigh honoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg on 9/19/20 in front of Senator Thom Tillis’ office, 8 PM – 10 PM
310 New Bern Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601-1417, United States.

She warned it would be chilly out!

Photo Credit: Denise Cosper Zirker

3. Chapel Hill 

Chapel Hill NOW president, Gerrie Richards, was part of an RBG vigil in Chapel Hill. More on this at “CH NOW: Peaceful March in RBG’s Honor in Chapel Hill – 9/23/20.”

4. Asheville

An individual stepped up to organize a vigil for RBG in Asheville. It was moved from Pack Square in Asheville to the City/County Plaza in front of the Courthouse to allow people more space to socially distance and safely show their solidarity. 

See “People gather in downtown Asheville to honor the life & legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” 9/19/20, ABC-13.

According to the Facebook event page, “Vigil for RBG: No Nomination Until Jan 21”,  “Those who gathered brought flowers and lit candles in honor of the late justice. They also called for a delay in replacing the now-vacant Supreme Court seat until the next president is sworn in.”

Photo Credit: Drew Reisinger

5. Winston-Salem on 9/19/20, shared by Audrey Muck

Patty Parker posted to the Downtown Winston Salem Neighborhood Group that a vigil would be held in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 19 at Winston Square at 6:30pm. Speakers were planned. Social distancing.

The post ended with, “Please bring a flashlight and your daughter or anyone else you would like to bring. Spread the word!”

6. Charlotte

Charlotte hosted an RBG vigil on Sunday, 9/20/20, at 8pm, at Charlotte/Mecklenburg Government Center. 

The facebook event is at

According to the post done by Charlotte Women’s Movement page, “RBG CANDLELIGHT VIGIL,” 9/19/20, “It is a somber day for our country. Like many of you, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a true American icon: a role model and lasting source of inspiration for women and young people. A woman who will be remembered for her feistiness, her humor, and her tenacity in seeking justice for women, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized groups. A woman who spent her life demonstrating the importance of raising our voices. She taught us that one can vehemently disagree and still do so with grace, respect and civility.”

Spectrum News reported on the event at “Charlotte Community Honors Life of Justice Ginsburg,” 9/21/20. This site include a short video of the event.

Please contact us if you know of any we missed, any articles we missed, or if you have good pictures we may want to include.


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