WSPU 'From Prison to Citizenship' procession, 18 June 1910

H. Searjeant

WSPU 'From Prison to Citizenship' procession, 18 June 1910
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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WSPU 'From Prison to Citizenship' procession, 18 June 1910. The postcard shows the Prisoners Pageant: 617 women in white wearing their prisoners' medals and carrying 'a glittering host of steely broad arrows' representing their imprisonment. Before them is the newly unfurled 'Hunger Strikers' banner embroidered with the signatures of eighty women who had 'faced death without flinching'.
This banner was designed by Ann Macbeth, Head of Glasgow School of Art Embroidery Department as a friendship quilt. Ann donated the quilt to the WSPU Scottish Exhibition and Bazaar held at St Andrew Hall, Charing Cross, Glasgow in April 1910 to raise funds for the campaign. The quilt was purchased for £10 by Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence and subsequently converted to a banner through the addition of carrying poles.

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