Caitlin Schneiderman playing her guitar at the 2008 TPSM dedication.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Upcoming EventsCentennial Celebration Activities - March 1-3
Suffrage Centennial Celebration is an organization whose mission is to bring people together in new ways to learn, honor and grow from the history of America’s suffragists, and proudly pass on their remarkable legacy—women’s right to vote—to educate and inspire women and men, girls and boys. Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association is a Participating Partner is the weekend's activity and will be visible throughout all events, including re-enactment of the Silent Sentinels each day of the weekend. Click here for more information.
Among the planned activities is Take What Is Yours, the (too) little-known (true) story of how American women fought and won the right to vote. Composed in the words of Alice Paul, the National Woman's Party and documents of the time, this stunning new production weaves virtuoso performances with striking visuals and a richly-layered sound score into a moving and inspiring story. This performance will be at the Lizner Auditorium at the George Washington University. Click here for more information on this specific event.
May 30, 2012
Silent Sentinel Award
The Silent Sentinel Award is an award honoring those who have been instrumental in advocating for women's equality in the United States of America.
The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Committee honored this year’s recipient, historian Ann Gordon, at a special event held from 7-10 pm on May 30th, at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority’s 95-acre, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Va. Proceeds from this event will support the construction of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial, which will be dedicated to the suffragists who were harshly imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, Va., in 1917 after picketing the White House in support of women's suffrage. For more information on the event honoring Ms. Gordon, click here.
August 21, 2010
90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
On Saturday, August 21st we celebrated the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The festivities began at 3:30 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va., with educational talks and activities for children and adults about the suffrage movement and the struggles that led up to passage of the Amendment. The focus was on Inez Milholland Boissevain, the iconic woman on the white horse who led the 1913 suffragist parade through the streets of Washington, D.C. After the Workhouse activities, participants went “next door” to the future site of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial (TPSM) in Occoquan Regional Park for a mini suffragist parade led by a woman on a white horse. At the site, we planted a tree and a time capsule in commemoration of the 90 anniversary. Ten years from now we’ll dig up the time capsule at what we hope will be the newly constructed Turning Point Suffragist Memorial.
November 7, 2009
Historians attending the Fairfax County History Conference on Nov. 7, 2009, now know a little more about the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. The memorial was represented at the conference by several committee members who spoke to attendees about the project and the history of the suffragists who were incarcerated in the county’s Occoquan Workhouse in 1917. An expanded exhibit now displays the most current site plans for the Memorial and copies of the existing wayside markers.
TPSM Committee Chair, Jane Barker, at the Fairfax County
The word is spreading about the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial. Many learned about efforts to build the Memorial during the Clifton Day Festival in
TPSM Committee Chair, Jane Barker, and LWVFA member,
O.G. Harper, stand by the booth at Clifton Day 2009.
June 6, 2009
May 1, 2009
Silent Sentinel Award Reception
Newsweek columnist Eleanor Clift served as keynote speaker (for the Silent Sentinel Award Reception) and told stories from her book about the suffragists, "Founding Sisters."
July 27, 2008
Occoquan Regional Park - Dedication Ceremony
2008 TPSM dedication with President Wilson and suffragist re-enactors.
The official dedication of a new memorial to honor the women suffragists who were imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse during their fight for women's right to vote. The program included a ribbon cutting ceremony and speakers from various organizations discussing this time in history, and its significance as it relates to voting rights today.