Near Lorton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1982 by the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area. (Marker Number E 61.)
Location. 38° 41.978′ N, 77° 15.449′ W. Marker is near Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Lorton Road (Local Route 642) and Ox Road (Virginia Route 123), on the right when traveling west on Lorton Road. Click for map. Lorton Road west of Ox Road serves as the main but always closed entrance to the Fairfax County Water Authority’s Griffith Water Treatment Plant. Marker is on the right just before the gate. Marker is in this post office area: Lorton VA 22079, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Occoquan Workhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lorton Nike Missile Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Occoquan River Bridges Town of Occoquan (approx. one mile away); The Dogue Indians (approx. one mile away); Occoquan (approx. one mile away); Historic Occoquan - Center for the Processing of Grain (approx. one mile away); Ellicott’s Mill (approx. one mile away); Rockledge (approx. one mile away); Methodist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lorton.
More about this marker. It is said that when originally erected in 1982, this was the first marker in the state to recognize civil rights and women’s rights.
Regarding Occoquan Workhouse. The Occoquan Workhouse, and later the Lorton Reformatory, was a District of Columbia operated prison built 19 miles from Washington in Virginia to house prisoners from Washington, DC. Opened in 1910, it was connected to Washington first by its own railroad (the Lorton and Occoquan Railroad, 1911–1977, between the prison and a junction with the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac), and then by U.S. Route 1 and finally by Interstate
Also see . . .
1. Night of Terror Leads to Women's Vote in 1917. 2004 article by Louise Bernikow on Women’s eNews. (Submitted on May 19, 2007.)
2. Photo of the Original Wooden Occoquan Workhouse Building, Circa 1920. (Submitted on May 19, 2007.)
3. Retelling Lorton’s History of Suffrage. 2006 article by Amber Healy in The Connection newspapers. (Submitted on May 19, 2007.)
4. History of the Lorton Prison Complex. (Submitted on May 19, 2007.)
5. Women Suffrage Prisoners at Occoquan Workhouse Marker. An interpretive marker in Occoquan Regional Park. (Submitted on September 7, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. 19th Ammendment to the Constitution
Categories. • Civil Rights •
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