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Exhibition Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Adelaide Johnson, left, Dora Lewis (1862–1928), and Jane Addams (1860–1935) and the Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony at the U.S. Capitol. February 1921. Photograph. NWP Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (006.04.00)
Adelaide Johnson’s National Woman’s Party nameplate, “Life Member” ribbon, and button. On loan from Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. (006.02.00, 006.03.00 and 006.03.01)

Adelaide Johnson’s Portrait Monument

Adelaide Johnson used the portrait busts she had created in 1893 as the basis for a suffrage monument celebrating the “suffrage pioneers.” Amid several controversies, the National Woman’s Party commissioned the monument that is currently displayed in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. Jane Addams, who presided over the unveiling ceremony, and Dora Lewis greeted Johnson as the partially uncrated statue was unloaded at the Capitol. The dedication ceremony was held on February 15, 1921, the 101st anniversary of Susan B. Anthony’s birth.