Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8702
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Kirk Kincannon,
Executive Director

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The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Museum Collections are home to more than 5,000 museum objects (chairs, quilts, baskets, machines, clothing) ,
thousands of archival items (photographs, maps, letters and other documents), upwards of three million artifacts (archaeological discoveries such as spear points, pottery) . They are the stories of Fairfax County.

Newspaper Discovery Shines Light on Suffragette Movement

Newspaper Discovery Shines Light on Suffragette Movement

This piece of newspaper was discovered when a dilapidated, unlivable, historic house was being demolished. The newspaper was probably used for insulation. The paper is dated July 18, 1917, and is folded to a column about women arrested for protesting for the right of female suffrage. Part of the column quotes Elizabeth Selden Rogers. “[W]e are not guilty of any offence, not [paper deteriorated] in our opinion, of infringing a police regulation. We know full well that we stand here because the President of the United States refuses to give liberty to American women.” Rogers was sentenced to 60 days but was pardoned after three.

Seventy-two women, commonly referred to as the “Suffragettes,” were jailed at Lorton. Several of the imprisoned initiated a hunger strike and were force-fed. The jail where they were imprisoned is now the Workhouse Arts Center. It houses a museum that commemorates the women who were jailed fighting for the right to vote.

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