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Near Lorton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Occoquan Workhouse

 
 
Occoquan Workhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Elia J. Prats, March 28, 2010
1. Occoquan Workhouse Marker
Inscription.  This marker honors the suffragists imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse in 1917 and 1918, for picketing the White House to gain support for an amendment to the Constitution to give women the right to vote. The women were members of the National Woman’s Party, founded by Alice Paul in 1916. They came from diverse social backgrounds that included businesswomen, factory workers, homemakers, and students. Some women held membership in the DAR.

Sentenced for “obstructing the traffic” or “unlawful assembly,” they demanded treatment as political prisoners but were instead met with cruel punishments and deplorable living conditions.

The struggle for women’s suffrage continued as the women shared their stories through publications, rallies and legislative sessions. In 1920, women were granted the right to vote following ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
 
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2009 by Fairfax County Chapter, NSDAR.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsLaw EnforcementWomen. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1917.
 
Location. 38° 41.871′ N, 77° 15.243′ W. Marker is near Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Ox Road (Virginia Route 123) and Lorton Road (County Route 642), on the right when traveling north. It is to the left of the entrance to building 2, facing the courtyard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9601 Ox Rd, Lorton VA 22079, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prisoners at the Workhouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Irma Clifton (about 400 feet away); Development of a Progressive-Era Model Penal System (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Occoquan Workhouse (about 600 feet away); Lorton Nike Missile Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Occoquan
Occoquan Workhouse Marker at Building 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Elia J. Prats, March 28, 2010
2. Occoquan Workhouse Marker at Building 2
(approx. one mile away); Town of Occoquan (approx. one mile away); Gearwheel Assembly (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lorton.
 
Occoquan Workhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Elia J. Prats, March 28, 2010
3. Occoquan Workhouse Marker
Occoquan Workhouse Courtyard image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Elia J. Prats, March 28, 2010
4. Occoquan Workhouse Courtyard
Building 2 is the most distant building on the right. These were prison dormitories until the prison was closed. They now house artist studios.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2010, by Elia J. Prats of Columbus, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,637 times since then and 121 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 1, 2010, by Elia J. Prats of Columbus, Ohio. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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