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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

“Silent Sentinel” Alison Turnbull Hopkins (1880–1951) at the White House on New Jersey Day, January 30, 1917. Photograph. NWP Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (090.00.00)

Silent Sentinel Alison Hopkins on New Jersey Day

The protesters called themselves “Silent Sentinels” because they stood without speaking as a gesture of strength and restraint. Alison Turnbull Hopkins, New Jersey NWP chairman, positioned herself for maximum benefit, ensuring that President Woodrow Wilson could not avoid seeing her when passing through the White House gates on New Jersey Day, January 30, 1917. Her husband, John A. Hopkins, served on the Democratic National Committee in 1916 and helped run Wilson’s campaign in their state.