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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

F. S. (Fred S.) Biddle. Hallie Quinn Brown (1854–1949), educator and activist, cape draped on shoulder and wearing gloves. Xenia, Ohio, between 1875 and 1888. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (130.01.00)
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Paul Tralles, photographer. Bust portrait of educator and activist, Fannie Barrier Williams (1855–1944). Washington, D.C., circa 1885. William Henry Richards Collection within the Robert H. McNeill Family Collections, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (130.02.00)
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Hallie Quinn Brown, Fannie Barrier Williams, and Republican Party Politics

Hallie Quinn Brown, a suffragist, educator, and noted elocutionist who had taught school in South Carolina and Mississippi, was living in Ohio when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified. Fannie Barrier Williams was a suffragist, educator, artist, and noted lecturer who fought for African American women’s representation at the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition and within the NAWSA in the early twentieth century. Like many other African Americans, Brown and Williams supported Warren G. Harding and the Republican Party in the 1920 election, but because of the party’s weak antilynching stance, the National Association of Colored Women, of which Brown was then vice president and Williams had been a founder, withheld a formal endorsement of him. In 1924, Brown was director of Colored Women’s Activities for the Republican national campaign.

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