Jailed for Freedom Pin presented to Lucille Angiel Calmes, 1919


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.

Subject: Women's SuffrageUsed: Women's Rights


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Women's History Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, Woman Suffrage


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Credit Line: Lucille Agniel Calmes

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.247867.01Accession Number: 247867Catalog Number: 247867.01

Object Name: pin

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 1/2 in x 1 in x 1/4 in; 3.81 cm x 2.54 cm x .635 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-d17d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_767254

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