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Suffragists Imprisoned at Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton

Formerly Imprisoned Suffragist on Speaking Tour

Virginia-born suffragist Lucy Branham addresses an outdoor crowd as part of the National Woman's Party's "Prison Special" tour in 1919. She wears a prison dress, a suffrage sash, and carries a suffrage flag in her left hand. Behind her, a film camera on a tripod records the event. Branham was among the suffragists imprisoned in Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton for peacefully protesting in front of the White House in 1917. This photograph, published in the March 8, 1919, edition of The Suffragist, a newspaper devoted to that cause, is included in the manuscript records of the National Woman's Party at the Library of Congress.

Original Author: Harris & Ewing, photographer

Created: 1919

Medium: Photographic print

Courtesy of Library of Congress Manuscripts Division

Woman Suffragist Inside Prison

Woman suffragist Lucy Burns holds a newspaper while seated in front of a prison cell, probably at Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton. Burns, who helped establish the first permanent headquarters for the suffrage movement in Washington, D.C., was arrested several times for protesting and picketing at the White House and imprisoned at Occoquan Workhouse. Declaring that she was a political prisoner, she helped foment a hunger strike among the women prisoners, was force-fed, and brutally punished by the prison guards. From February to March 1919, she was part of the "Prison Special," a tour of former inmates who traveled the country recounting their experiences. This photograph is included in the Records of the National Woman's Party housed at the Library of Congress.

Original Author: Harris & Ewing, photographer

Created: November 1917

Medium: Photographic print

Courtesy of Library of Congress Manuscripts Division

Pauline Adams in Prison Garb

Pauline Adams, of Norfolk, is photographed in the prison garb she wore while serving a sixty-day sentence in Occoquan Workhouse, in Fairfax County. Adams was arrested on September 4, 1917, while picketing the White House for the woman suffrage cause and then sentenced to the workhouse. She was arrested again at a demonstration on February 9, 1919, but released for lack of evidence. From February to March 1919, she was part of the "Prison Special," a tour of former inmates who traveled the country recounting their experiences. This photograph, published in The Suffragist, a weekly newspaper, on February 15, 1919, is included in the Records of the National Woman's Party housed at the Library of Congress.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: ca. 1917–1919

Medium: Photographic print

Courtesy of Library of Congress Manuscript Division

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  • Formerly Imprisoned Suffragist on Speaking Tour

    Virginia-born suffragist Lucy Branham addresses an outdoor crowd as part of the National Woman's Party's "Prison Special" tour in 1919. She wears a prison dress, a suffrage sash, and carries a suffrage flag in her left hand. Behind her, a film camera on a tripod records the event. Branham was among the suffragists imprisoned in Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton for peacefully protesting in front of the White House in 1917. This photograph, published in the March 8, 1919, edition of The Suffragist, a newspaper devoted to that cause, is included in the manuscript records of the National Woman's Party at the Library of Congress.

    Original Author: Harris & Ewing, photographer

    Created: 1919

    Medium: Photographic print

    Courtesy of Library of Congress Manuscripts Division

  • Woman Suffragist Inside Prison

    Woman suffragist Lucy Burns holds a newspaper while seated in front of a prison cell, probably at Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton. Burns, who helped establish the first permanent headquarters for the suffrage movement in Washington, D.C., was arrested several times for protesting and picketing at the White House and imprisoned at Occoquan Workhouse. Declaring that she was a political prisoner, she helped foment a hunger strike among the women prisoners, was force-fed, and brutally punished by the prison guards. From February to March 1919, she was part of the "Prison Special," a tour of former inmates who traveled the country recounting their experiences. This photograph is included in the Records of the National Woman's Party housed at the Library of Congress.

    Original Author: Harris & Ewing, photographer

    Created: November 1917

    Medium: Photographic print

    Courtesy of Library of Congress Manuscripts Division

  • Pauline Adams in Prison Garb

    Pauline Adams, of Norfolk, is photographed in the prison garb she wore while serving a sixty-day sentence in Occoquan Workhouse, in Fairfax County. Adams was arrested on September 4, 1917, while picketing the White House for the woman suffrage cause and then sentenced to the workhouse. She was arrested again at a demonstration on February 9, 1919, but released for lack of evidence. From February to March 1919, she was part of the "Prison Special," a tour of former inmates who traveled the country recounting their experiences. This photograph, published in The Suffragist, a weekly newspaper, on February 15, 1919, is included in the Records of the National Woman's Party housed at the Library of Congress.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: ca. 1917–1919

    Medium: Photographic print

    Courtesy of Library of Congress Manuscript Division