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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

“Free Mass Meeting Suffrage Pickets Released from Prison,” small advertising card, January 4, [1918]. NWP Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (112.01.00)
“Mass Meeting: Prison Special on Nation Wide Tour,” Admission ticket, February 10, 1919. NWP Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (112.00.00)

“Prison Special” Tour Aboard the Democracy Limited

During the rest of the suffrage campaign, the NWP took full advantage of the publicity generated by the arrests of the pickets. In January 1918, former suffrage prisoners, including Lucy Burns, Anna Kelton Wiley, Mabel Vernon, Rose Winslow, and Maude Younger, with attorney Dudley Field Malone, spoke in New York at Carnegie Hall. In February 1919, a group of suffragists, often wearing replicas of their prison uniforms, left Washington, D.C., on a train they named Democracy Limited for a cross-country speaking tour known as the “Prison Special.” Their first stop was Charleston, South Carolina, on February 16 (delayed from February 10), where more than a thousand people were turned away from the capacity-filled Academy of Music.