Members Participate

Members at Lorton Workhouse Celebration aug 2013Our Mt. Vernon branch was well represented at the Women’s Equality Day events at the Lorton Workhouse Prison Museum on August 25.  Branch members attending were Jeanne Gayler, DeJuana Jones, Mary Ellen Mehler, Sue Rardin, Cheryl Spohnholtz, Sharon Forrest, and Clare Coulter.  Events included a visit to the Workhouse Prison Museum where women seeking the right to vote were incarcerated in brutal conditions, a review of the American Suffragist Movement history by Professor Alice Reagan of Northern Virginia Community College, and a reenactment of the prison experience of Mrs. Robert Walker given by actress Lynne Garvey-Hodge.  The combination of AAUW members and League of Women Voter members resulted in a large, enthusiastic crowd that had to be moved outside to the tent area to seat everyone.