A memorial honoring the women who fought for their right to vote was dedicated in Fairfax County, Virginia, on Sunday.
The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial aims to tell the entire seven-decade story of the suffrage movement. A major feature is a commemorative wall.
“It lists the nearly 100 suffragists who were imprisoned in 1917,” said Nancy Lyons Sargeant, chair of the memorial’s association at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
It’s located at Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton on former prison grounds where organizers said the “Night of terror” took place more than 100 years ago.
Women who were arrested outside of the White House while demanding the right to vote were met with violence at the prison.
“The Greatest Story never told now will never be forgotten.”
It also includes a unique feature. One of the elements is a section of the actual White House fence that became the backdrop for the protests.
“Because of the generosity and partnership of the women’s suffrage Centennial commission. We are the first ever to be loaned a portion of the White House fence for display,” Sargeant said.
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