Learning at Lunch-From Suffragists to Bunny Man: The Myths of Lorton


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The Lucy Burns Museum at the Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present Learning at Lunch, a new series illuminating aspects of the former prison’s 91-year history. Each month, one of our founding volunteers tackles a topic from our complicated past. After a brief 30-minute talk, presenters answer audience questions, and all attendees are invited to visit the museum following the program. Table seating will be available, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch; snacks, and beverages available for purchase.

The Lorton Prison Complex inspired many stories and tall tales. Probably Lorton’s most famous inmates, the 72 suffragists imprisoned here in 1917, became the subject of much speculation and rumor. Where were they housed? What did they do? Who were they with? How accurate is Iron Jawed Angels’ portrayal of their incarceration? And there have been many rumors about the other inmates of Lorton. Who was really here? Did executions take place at Lorton? What is Lorton’s connection to Fairfax County’s urban legend the Bunny Man? Professor and author Alice Reagan sets out to set the record straight. Free event.

McGuireWoods Gallery W16
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA
United States

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