To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the imprisonment of Suffragists at the Lorton Workhouse — a turning point in the movement to secure voting rights for all women in the United States — the Workhouse Arts Center is creating a new museum that will honor the unsung heroines of the Women’s Suffrage movement.

The Lucy Burns Museum is in the final phase of its campaign to open. More than two million dollars have been raised to date to support the project. Now one of the last empty buildings on the Workhouse campus has been completely renovated. Our challenge to you is to help raise additional funds to build and install the exhibits.

The mission of the new museum is to present the 91-year history of the DC Correctional Facility at Lorton. Included is the compelling story of the suffragists who were imprisoned here in 1917 for demanding the right to vote.

Donations of all sizes are welcome. Those who give $1,000 or more will be included on the donor panel. For those interested in larger gifts, opportunities exist for sponsorship naming rights of the suffrage or prison galleries, graphic panels, larger than life suffragist statues, or a voting rights exhibit among others.

Tax-deductible donations can be made by check or online. Checks may be made out to:

Workhouse Arts Foundation/Museum and mailed to:

Workhouse Arts Foundation
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, Virginia 22079

Online donations by credit card can be made by clicking the DONATION button, below, and selecting “Lucy Burns Museum” as your designated fund.



Located in Lorton, Virginia, on 55 acres once occupied by the historic Lorton Workhouse prison, the Workhouse Arts Center is a vibrant community of visual artists, performing artists, and arts educators working together to serve more than 100,000 visitors annually from communities throughout Fairfax County, Northern Virginia, and throughout the nation. Nearly 100 regional artists create or exhibit their art at the Workhouse, and the Workhouse annually hosts more than 100 arts exhibitions, 300 performances, and 800 arts education classes, in addition to exciting events like Workhouse Fireworks and Brewfest. More information about the Workhouse is available online at



If you or your company are interested in supporting the museum project or other initiatives at the Workhouse, please contact Ava Spece, Workhouse President + CEO at or at 703-584-2900.

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