Lillian Forrester(born 1880), Militant suffragette
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The Manchester Guardian reported on April 4 1913 that 'Just before nine 'clock last night..They found three women making a rush around the room, cracking the glass of the biggest and most valuable paintings in the collection'. The attack was one of many in protest following the sentencing of Emmeline Pankhurst to 3 years of imprisonment. Lillian and her accomplice Evelyn Manesta were charged with damaging 13 pictures and she was sentenced to 3 months in prison. Lillian asserted that they had not intended to damage the pictures adding 'I do not stand here as a malicious person but as a patriot….a political offender..my knowledge of history has spurred me to this fight for women’s freedom'.
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