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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Portrait of Nannie Helen Burroughs (1879–1961) and unidentified companion, ca. 1900. Nannie Helen Burroughs Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Nannie Helen Burroughs

Around the time this photograph was taken, by the age of twenty-one, Nannie Helen Burroughs (left) had established herself as a national leader within the Woman’s Convention of the National Baptist Convention, many of whose members supported women’s suffrage. Burroughs later became part of an important Washington, D.C., network of African American women suffragists including Coralie Franklin Cook, Anna Julia Cooper, Angelina Weld Grimké, Lucy Diggs Slowe, and Mary Church Terrell.