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Community Service Report May 12

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Community Service at Occoquan Park

On Saturday, April 29, a small, but very productive group of Burgundy students and parents continued our celebrations of Earth Week by cleaning up fallen timber and invasive growth around a gazebo bridge near the boat launch area at Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton.

This park is one of several that protect the waterway and surrounding lands along the Occoquan River. It also holds an important place in the history of women's rights and suffrage. Turning Point Plaza at Occoquan Regional Park honors the women who were imprisoned at the Occoquan Workhouse located across from the current Occoquan Regional Park. In 1917, women suffragists were the first political group to protest in front of the White House. As a result, hundreds of women seeking the right to vote were imprisoned at both the D.C. Jail and the Occoquan Workhouse, part of the Lorton Prison complex.