New "Draft Day" Banner Installed in "WW1 America" Exhibit
Today conservators working in the "WW1 America" exhibit gallery at the Minnesota History Center, are installing a very rare original suffrage banner used during the picketing of the White House in 1917.
It is known as the "Draft Day" banner because it was used on July 20, 1917, the day of the first United States Selective Service draft. The suffrage protests were the first of their kind at the White House for any cause. Women won the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920.
The banner is on loan from the National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, Washington, DC. www.nationalwomansparty.org.
"WW1 America" is on view April 8-Sept. 4, 2017, at the Minnesota History Center. An online press kit is available.
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