In what became known as the Lorton Correctional Facility, many crusaders for women’s rights were imprisoned there. Though women had been picketing the White House in pursuit of the right to vote since before World War I, condemnation of the president was considered a stridently unpatriotic act, especially in wartime. Arrested, convicted, and refusing to pay a $25 fine they deemed unjust, suffragists were incarcerated at the Occoquan Workhouse and at the District of Columbia jail. There, they were subjected to horrific conditions.
Now a partnership between the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area is bringing the Turning Point Suffrage Memorial to life at Occoquan Regional Park in two phases.