The Exhibit - August 24-29 2020

The Exhibit

As the starting location of the suffrage “Prison Special” tour in February 1919, Union Station in Washington, D.C. played an important role in the American suffrage movement. The “Prison Special” was a train tour organized by suffragists who had been jailed for picketing the White House in support of the federal women’s suffrage amendment. In February 1919, 26 members of the National Woman’s Party boarded a chartered train they dubbed the “Democracy Limited” at Union Station. They visited cities across the country, where they spoke to large crowds about their experiences as political prisoners. The tour, which concluded in March 1919, helped build support during a critical moment in the movement. Only a few months later, the U.S. Congress would finally pass the 19th Amendment, and it would then go to the states for ratification.

The final artwork of Our Story: Portraits of Change was on display at Union Station in the Main Hall. The photo mosaic includes thousands of archival photos telling the story of the suffrage movement.

Search for the Suffragist

Amongst the thousands of images that make up the giant photo mosaic are featured suffragists who also played a huge role in the fight for women’s right to vote. Each woman is marked with a yellow ribbon on a fold out map at the trolley desk in Union Station. Please take one and explore the artwork, find the featured portraits, and learn more about the suffrage movement in the United States. There is also a downloadable pdf version below.