A decrepit prison dormitory is being transformed into a museum. This video provides a look at the current status of the building. The structure, in 2001, is in extreme disrepair. There is no heat, prostate plumbing, nor electricity. The walls are peeling lead-based paint. Cell bars are rusting. The ceiling rains down asbestos laced insulation. Yet by summer 2017 it is anticipated that the building will be cleaned and ready for the installation of exciting exhibits about the history of the former D.C. Correctional Facility in Lorton, Virginia. One unique part of that story focuses on the courageous women who were imprisoned at the Workhouse a century ago for demanding the right to vote. The sacrifices of these heroic suffragists will be honored at the opening of the new museum.
Watch this space to see the process of renovation during the coming year.
Thanks to: Joe Dzikiewicz and Jaclyn O’Laughlin