Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Soroptimist International of Manassas' Invitation to “The Night of Terror: The Turning Point in the Suffragist Movement"

Soroptimist International of Manassas invites you to join us:

“The Night of Terror”
The Turning Point in the Suffragist Movement

Thursday, September 27, 6:30-8pm

Dinner: 6:30

Presentation: 7:00pm

Presented by: Kathleen Pablo, Board of Directors, Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Committee

“…32 women arrested in front of the White House …were beaten, shackled to the bars of their cells, stripped and humiliated, fed gruel infested with moving maggots, and denied contact with each other and the outside world. Some protested with a hunger strike, and were strapped down and force-fed through an inserted tube...”

Silently picketing outside the White House for women’s right to vote earned such brutality, which transpired at the Occoquan Workhouse. This year marked the 92nd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution; recognizing a woman’s right to vote.

This presentation will focus on the personalities and singular courage of some of the major figures in the long struggle to ratify the 19th Amendment, and on the turning point in that struggle; the “Night of Terror.”

A memorial that will reflect the strength of the women and the significance of their struggle will be located at Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, VA, which is administered by the Northern Virginia Park Authority. Ground has not yet been broken for the memorial itself. For more info: see www.suffragistmemorial.org Donations will be accepted for the memorial.

Soroptimist International of Manassas will host the event. SIManassas is a group of business women who work toward the betterment of women and girls in our local community and around the world providing grants and scholarships for education and community involvement. For more info and a calendar of events: see www.simanassas.org

Fee: $20 at the door includes dinner, drink and tip.

RSVP: info@simanassas.org

Location: Old Towne Sports Pub, 8971 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110
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