In the Line of Duty…

Special Program Presented by the Workhouse Museum and History Committee

       Correctional Officers and Federal Agents working at the former D.C. Correctional Facility at Lorton faced not only the daily challenge of managing prisoners of all levels of security but also the possibility of a fatal confrontation with one or more of them.  A few of these courageous men were actually killed either in the prison or while pursuing escaped prisoners.  This program remembers the lives of two Correctional Officers—Michael Hughes and Michael Kirby and two FBI Special Agents—Anthony Palmisano and Edwin Woodriffe who gave their lives while doing their jobs.  Learn the stories behind the events leading to the deaths of these brave men as told by their colleagues.

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Equal Means Equal

Women’s History Month Special
Workhouse Arts Center
March 14, 2018
7:30 pm

 Equal Means Equal

A ground-breaking film exploring gender inequality in the USA featuring top women’s rights activitists, leaders and survivors.  In this time of #MeToo, it is vital to learn the facts about women’s legal discrimination. 

Special added event—  Silent Sentinel

 A new 11-minute short film which tells the true story of the night in 1917 when woman’s suffrage activist  Doris Stevens crept by night through a graveyard to speak with National Woman’s Party leader Alice Paul.  Paul was being held under brutal conditions in Washington’s District Jail for the crime of demanding that women be allowed to vote.  From documentary filmmaker Joe Dzikiewicz. 

Building 3 Theatre
Workhouse Arts Center
9517 Workhouse Way
Lorton, Virginia  22079

 Tickets are free but reservations are suggested.

 Sponsored by the Workhouse Museum and History Committee

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Workhouse Prison Museum 2017 Annual Lecture Series

Please join us for these exciting new lectures!

Hostage/Crises Negotiation: How the FBI Saves Lives
Dr. Thomas Strentz, pills retired FBI Special Agent, stuff a professional anti-terrorism
expert with a background in hostage taking, try negotiations and survival.
Wednesday, February 8, 7:30-9:00 pm, W-3 Theatre

Women in the Cold War: Women’s Voices Usher in a Sexual Revolution
Changing Women and America Forever
Alice Reagan, Associate Professor, Northern Virginia Community College
Wednesday, March 8, 7:30-9:00 pm, W-3 Theatre

History in the Making—a New Workhouse for the 21st Century
Ava Spece, President and CEO, Workhouse Arts Foundation
Wednesday, April 12, 7:30-9:00 pm, W-3 Theatre

All programs are free with a suggested donation of $10. Please register online at or call 703-854-2900 for more information

About the Workhouse Prison Museum

The Workhouse Prison Museum opened to the public in 2009 and is entirely supported by private contributions. It is currently located in Building W-9 at the Workhouse Arts Center. It was created to present a synopsis of some of the significant events that took place at the District of Columbia’s Correction Complex at Lorton from its opening in 1910 until the last prisoner left in 2001.
It is anticipated that a new, permanent museum will open in the summer of 2017. The premiere exhibit will honor the courageous suffragists who were imprisoned at the Workhouse in 1917, a century ago.

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Upcoming Events at the Workhouse Prison Museum

Celebrate National Equality Day with us on Saturday, medical August 27. The Seneca Falls 1848 ‘Statement of Sentiments’ will be on display and an award-winning student DVD “The War of the Roses” will be shown. Noon-4:00 pm.


Documentary Film Viewing

Forward Into Light: Inez Milholland


The Inez Milholland Centennial

Created by the non-profit National Women’s History Project

Santa Rosa, California


A short documentary telling the story of American icon, Inez Milholland, who broke convention with her advocacy for gender equality, pacifism, racial justice, unions and free speech in the early Twentieth Century. She became the voice of suffrage.   In 1916 she crossed the country, giving 50 speeches in 28 days. Suffering from exhaustion and anemia she collapsed while speaking in Los Angeles in October 1916. She died a month later at age 30. Her last public sentence was “President Wilson, how long must women wait for liberty.”


Shown in the Workhouse Prison Museum Saturdays and Sundays during August at 1:00 and 3:00 pm and on Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 pm.


Special Exhibits in Honor of the Suffragist Movement

On display in the Workhouse Prison Museum


Elizabeth Cady Stanton, an early women’s rights activist. In the famous Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 she took the lead in drawing up a “Statement of Sentiments” which was a call to arms for female equality and the right to vote.



National Woman’s Party Congressional Voting Cards. During the campaign to demand the right to vote, organizers for the National Woman’s Party compiled a index of Congressional members with useful information about voting record, education, affiliations (pro-or anti-labor, etc), and family members. Suffragist lobbyists used this information to solicit support.



Nina Allender, Suffragist Cartoonist. A gifted artist and passionate suffragist, Allender was instrumental in reshaping the image of suffragists in the print media. She portrayed suffragists as bright, young, feminine women.

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New documentary of the Prison


Exciting news! The team of Joe and Julie Dzikiewicz plus Jaclyn O’Laughlin are working on a Documentary of the Workhouse Arts Center. On June 18, filming started in Building 2 and 2A. The finished short film of the inside of Building 2 is scheduled to be shown at the Fourth of July at the Workhouse Arts Center.

More filming will be going on all Summer. Come back to this blog to hear more updates!




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The FBI at Lorton Prison: One Agent’s Perspective

Mark you calendar for April 13 and come to “The FBI at Lorton Prison: One Agent’s Perspective”, troche a lecture by Dr. George Mahoney, illness retired FBI Special Agent.

This lecture runs from 7:30-9:30pm. Learn more at here……/the-fbi-at-lorton-prison-one…/
Click here to reserve your ticket…

A $10 donation is requested.

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Deeds Not Words



“Deeds Not Words” was performed today at W-3, and Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton Virginia at 2 and 4 pm.

About the play…

In this short, cialis one-act play, the story of suffragist Alice Paul is presented as a professional staged reading. The show is about Alice Paul and some of the women who marched, picketed, and were even imprisoned for their belief that all women deserved the right to vote. Alice Paul has become a heroine and symbol of the suffrage movement. Her indomitable spirit, courage, determination and resourceful political strategies, joined together with the efforts of women across the United States, led to the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920.








Five actors in multiple roles, aided by a cinematic panorama of vintage photographs, portray the individuals who changed the political and social landscape of the early twentieth century. This new play, designed for audiences age 12 and over, was written by local playwright/actress Margie O. Tompros, who was inspired by the story of the suffragists imprisoned at the Workhouse in 1917.


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Roach Brown: Founder of the Lorton Inner Voices Project

Roach Brown: Lorton Inner Voices Project

Workhouse Museum and History Committee Lecture
Roach Brown: Founder of Lorton Inner Voices Project

Rhozier “Roach” Brown, seek well known WPFW radio personality, viagra 60mg ex-Lorton convict, and founder of The Inner Voices will speak at the Workhouse Arts Center. Roach Brown founded the nationally acclaimed prison theatrical troupe The Inner Voices in 1971 while serving a life sentence at Lorton. The group performed outside the gates of the prison for more than one thousand times without an escape or incident. The Inner Voices presented original plays, skits and social dramas about prison life. One of the plays written by Brown, “Holidays, Holey Days”, was performed at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Brown, now free for more than two decades, advocates for the rights of ex-offenders and provides transitional services to underrepresented populations in the DC community through The Inner Voices.

Note: Due to historically high demand for tickets to the lecture series, patrons who reserve tickets are requested to arrive no later than 12:45pm on the date of the event to claim their tickets. Any unclaimed tickets may be distributed to stand-by patrons beginning at 1:55pm on the night of the event.

Sunday November 22, 2015 at 2pm
Will-Call/Ticketing open at 12:30pm; Theatre doors open at 12:30pm
Tickets: Free, Suggested Donation of $10
Venue: W-3 Theatre

About the Workhouse Prison Museum:

The Workhouse Prison Museum opened to the public in 2009 and is entirely supported by private contributions.  It is located in Building W-9 at the Workhouse Arts Center.  The Museum was created to present an overview of some of the interesting and significant events that took place at the District of Columbia’s Correctional Complex at Lorton from its opening in 1910 until the last prison left in 2001.  Your support for the museum is appreciated.

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Here’s an interesting new article about a prisoner-made boat in the Washington Post.  Click here to view.

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Next Lecture

Dont’ forget the next program in the lecture series on February 11.

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