Lucy Burns and the "Night of Terror"

Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 11:00am
Led by 
Leigh Jameson

When the women of the National Woman's Party were sentenced to prison in November 1917 for picketing the White House, they had no idea what awaited them when they arrived at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia.  On the night of November 14, 1917, known as the "Night of Terror", the superintendent of the Workhouse, W.H. Whittaker, ordered his guards to brutalize the suffragists. One woman, Lucy Burns, was chained by her hands to the cell bars above her head and left there for the night.  It was Burns who played a crucial role in supporting her friend, Alice Paul, leader of the American suffragist movement.  Hear the story of the infamous night in 1917 and the Brooklyn, New York-born, Oxford, England-educated Lucy Burns, who refused to rest until the 19th Amendment was ratified.

Leigh Jameson has over thirty years experience as an actor and storyteller on stages across the country. She has served as a tour director up and down the East Coast, working with guests of all ages from around the globe. For the past dozen years she has worked with some of the most prestigious museums in the country, including the Smithsonian's American History Museum, Mount Vernon, and Colonial Williamsburg. Leigh is also the founder of The History Warehouse, a living history performance company that provides a variety of historical figures for historic sites, museums, and educational institutions.  With fellow actor and tour guide Margie Southerland she founded 52% Productions to highlight the stories of those marginalized by the traditional U.S. history canon.

Hosted by Carolyn Crouch, Founder, Washington Walks