A self-taught dancer, Pleasants "Snowball" Crump performed for national and international audiences.
Aline Black was a plaintiff in a case challenging the disparate pay of African American and white teachers in Norfolk.
Educator Edna Meade Colson strove to improve educational opportunities for African Americans in Virginia.
Civil rights leader Percy Casino Corbin strove to bring equality to the school system in Pulaski, Virginia.
Civic leader and educator Janie Porter Barrett worked to improve the lives of African American women.
Born into slavery, John Wesley Cromwell went on to become an attorney, educator, and publisher of the People's Advocate.
Born into slavery, Fields Cook became a prominent African American leader in Richmond and Alexandria in the aftermath of the Civil War.
An enslaved man, Blind Billy was a renowned Lynchburg fifer.