Occoquan Workhouse

Occoquan Workhouse (HMK7O)

Location: Lorton, VA 22079 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 41.871', W 77° 15.243'

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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.
HM NumberHMK7O
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series
Year Placed2009
Placed ByFairfax County Chapter, NSDAR
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 3:59am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 303979 N 4285658
Decimal Degrees38.69785000, -77.25405000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 41.871', W 77° 15.243'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 41' 52.26" N, 77° 15' 14.58" W
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Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9601 Ox Rd, Lorton VA 22079, US
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