Jailed for Freedom Pin (Lucille Angiel Calmes)

Luciille Angiel Calmes received this Jailed for Freedom pin, a small silver prison door with a heart-shaped lock, after she was arrested and sentenced to five days in a District of Columbia jail for participating in a watch fire demonstration on January 13, 1919.
The watch fires of freedom marked a return of woman suffrage pickets to the White House. They burned copies of President Woodrow Wilson's speeches in small cauldrons, calling attention to the hypocrisy of his touting democratic principles abroad while he refusing secure the Senate votes needed to pass the woman suffrage amendment.
The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution enfranchising women was ratified in August 1920.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 1 1/2 in x 1 in x 1/4 in; 3.81 cm x 2.54 cm x .635 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Women's Suffrage
Government, Politics, and Reform
Women's Rights
Woman Suffrage
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Women's History Collection
Woman Suffrage
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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