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Workhouse Prison Lecture Series Continues March 13

The monthly series tells the story of Lorton's prison.

Ever wonder what Lorton Prison was like before it was transformed into the Workhouse Arts Center? 

The free Workhouse lecture series on the prison resumes on March 13, and this month's topic features a panel of former correctional officers. The panel will be moderated by Walter Ridley, a retired Director of the DC Department of Corrections. 

Lectures are held the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the McGuireWoods Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center in building W-16. 

Future Lectures

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 

  • Years of Turmoil - Civil rights attorneys Philip Hirschkop and Marvin Miller will recount legal battles that reflected the enormous social changes that exploded into America’s culture in the 1960’s. Paul Quander, DC Deputy Mayor for Public Services, will provide a view of the impact of these changes on the prison.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Out of the Ashes - Former Virginia Congressman Tom Davis and Walter Ridley will talk about the political forces and events that resulted in the closing of the Lorton prison and its transfer to Fairfax County.  Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland will introduce the speakers.

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