Fairfax County, Virginia, is the site of possibly the most significant moment in the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States.
In 1917, more than 120 suffragists were imprisoned in the Occoquan Workhouse, then part of the Lorton Prison complex, in retaliation for picketing the Woodrow Wilson White House for the right to vote. The reports of inhumane conditions, beatings and force-feeding at the workhouse electrified the country and became the “turning point” in the struggle for the 19th Amendment.
The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Committee is working with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) to raise funds to erect a suffragist memorial to commemorate the struggle of these women and educate future generations. Help pay tribute to those who endured harsh imprisonment to secure the right to vote for every women at the Silent Sentinel Award Reception (tickets and information, click here.)
May 12, 2010 7-10 pm
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court
Vienna, VA 22182-1992
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