Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Dates 1918
Location Pennsylvania
United States
Language English
Subjects Baker, Abby Scott
Hunger Strikes
Lewis, Dora Kelly
National Woman's Party
Political Activity
Rowe, Clara Louise
United States
Women Prisoners
[Mrs.] Lawrence Lewis [Dora Lewis] of Philadelphia on release from jail after five [d]ays of hunger striking.
Created / Published
1918 [Aug.]
Subject Headings
-  Lewis, Dora Kelly, b. 1862
-  Baker, Abby Scott, 1871-1944
-  Rowe, Clara Louise
-  National Woman's Party
-  Suffragists--United States--1910-1920
-  Women--Suffrage--United States
-  Women prisoners--United States--Political activity
-  Hunger strikes
-  Photographs
-  United States -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
-  Summary: Outdoor photograph of Mrs. Lawrence Lewis (Dora Lewis) (center) upon her release from jail, where she participated in hunger strike after arrest at Lafayette Square meeting, being physically supported by Clara Louise Rowe (left) and Abby Scott Baker from wagon (right). There is also another woman with her back to the camera (right) and two other individuals (mostly obscured) behind them.
-  Title transcribed from item.
-  Mrs. Lawrence Lewis (Dora Lewis) of Philadelphia, was a descendent of one of the founders of the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and part of a prominent Philadelphia family of professionals, philanthropists, and settlement house activists. She was a member of the executive committee of the NWP beginning in 1913, chairman of finance committee in 1918, national treasurer in 1919, chairman of the ratification committee in 1920, and active in state suffrage work for many years. She served three days in District Jail for picketing for suffrage in July 1917; she was arrested again Nov. 10, 1917, and sentenced to 60 days; and she was arrested at Lafayette Square meeting in August 1918, and sentenced to 15 days; she was arrested once more during the watchfire demonstrations of January 1919, and sentenced to five days in jail. Source: Doris Stevens, Jailed for Freedom (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1920), 364.
-  Cropped version of the photograph published in The Suffragist, 6, no. 32 (Aug. 31, 1918): 5. Caption reads: "Mrs. Lawrence Lewis Arriving at Headquarters after Five Days in Prison. She Is Being Supported by Miss Clara Louise Rowe and Mrs. Abby Scott Baker." Accompanying story ("The Government's Surrender") reads in part: "Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Miss Gertrude Crocker, Miss Katharine Fisher, Miss Hazel Hunkins, and Miss Julia Emory, all of whom were among the most severely ill, left their prison hardly able to walk from the taxi to the door of the Headquarters."
1 photograph: print; 3.75 x 4.75 in.
Call Number
Location: National Woman's Party Records, Group I, Container I:160, Folder: Pickets--Arrests and Imprisonment
Source Collection
Records of the National Woman's Party
Manuscript Division
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