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Chick History to Host First Watchfire in Murfreesboro on October 27, 2018

An evening of Suffrage History hosted by Barbara Scales, Director of the June Anderson Center for Women & Nontraditional Students at MTSU

Saturday, October 27 @ 6:00pm
Everwood at the Avenue
915 Robert Rose Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
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An evening of Suffrage history benefiting Chick History

In 1917, the National Woman’s Party began picketing the White House to pressure President Woodrow Wilson to support the Susan B. Anthony Amendment – votes for women. Silent Sentinels, as they were known, picketed in shifts around the clock. After two years, they turned up the heat. Placing a giant cauldron in front of the White House, suffragists kept a perpetual fire ablaze to burn effigies and hypocritical speeches of the President. These protests became known as Watchfires. Hundreds of women picketed and dozens were jailed over this period in their fight for the vote. In 1920, the Susan B. Anthony Amendment was ratified by the final state—Tennessee —and became the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Event Details

Chick History invites you to A Watchfire Party, a modern adaptation of these historic protests, complete with a cauldron ceremony. Join us for a lively and engaging evening as we honor Tennessee picketers Mary Church Terrell and Sue Shelton White and feature select historical readings ranging from Anti-Suffrage Pamphlets to the NAACP’s The Crisis Magazine. Hear some of the most outlandish arguments of the time against suffrage, as well as the words of suffrage leaders demanding votes for women. The evening includes:

Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres

Program by

Barbara Scales
Director of the June Anderson Center for Women &
Nontraditional Students at MTSU

Rebecca Price
Chick History President & CEO

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Cauldron Ceremony
Become a 21st century Not-So-Silent Sentinel in this twist on the famous protest

$50 – Individual Ticket
$200 – Circle of the Watchfire Society*

*Join the Circle of the Watchfire Society and receive a “Jail Door” Pin, Suffrage Stationery, an Opportunity to Honor a Family Member, and Donor Recognition.

About the Picketers

Mary Church Terrell (1863–1954) was one of the first African American women to earn a college degree, and was a national activist for civil rights and suffrage. Born in Memphis, TN, she was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Sue Shelton White (1887–1943) was a lawyer originally from Henderson, TN who served as a national leader of the women’s suffrage movement. During the first Watchfire in 1917, Sue Shelton White burned an effigy of President Wilson and was arrested.


About Chick History: Founded in 2015, Chick History is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to rebuilding history one story at a time by focusing on women’s history, educational programming, and community outreach. Chick History is committed to preserving and interpreting all women’s histories and experiences through its unique programs and community-driven projects. For more information, please visit

Chick History is a 501c3 charitable organization and portions of your ticket may be tax deductible. Chick History will provide all attendees with a tax receipt letter for their records.