POLICE GUARD SUFFRAGE PICKETS PROTESTING OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago today, June 21, 1917, police guarded women suffrage pickets outside the main gate of the White House because of "persistent demonstrations" against them.
The Chicago Daily Tribune reported that the police...
"guarded the women, censored their riot inciting banners, and met with such success that when the treasury and the state, war and navy buildings turned out their 10,000 employees to pass along Pennsylvania Avenue there was not a ripple of hostility..."
The situation developed after two men tore one of the suffragist banners to shreds and later a crowd led by Mrs. D. W. Richardson "destroyed every one of the four banners displayed."
In the afternoon, President Woodrow Wilson went for an automobile ride, slipping out undisturbed through a side gate.
"Police Protect Women Pickets After Outburst", The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 22, 1917.
Harris & Ewing Photo (1917-18)