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African American Trailblazers 2011

John Rollison

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John Rollison negotiated the legal and social restrictions of men of color in colonial Virginia to become a well-respected, wealthy man in York…

Annie Belle Daniels

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Annie Belle Daniels, the founder of the Madam Daniels School of Beauty Culture, is an influential civil rights and political activist in Newport News.

John Arthur Stokes

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As a student at Robert Russa Moton High School, John Stokes helped lead a strike by pupils to gain better education facilities, an act of defiance…

Wendell Scott

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Wendell Oliver Scott was the first African American to drive in the highest level of stock car racing and remains to date the only African American to…

Henrietta Lacks

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Henrietta Lacks's cells, known in the medical world as HeLa cells, were the first human cells to be grown successfully outside the body for more than…

Robert Walter Johnson

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Robert Walter Johnson was a driving force behind the integration of the sport of tennis.

Lucy Francis Simms

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Born into slavery, Lucy Francis Simms was a highly respected elementary school teacher in Harrisonburg for more then fifty years.

Henry "Box" Brown

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After his family was suddenly sold out of the state in 1848, he shipped himself in a wooden crate to freedom in 1849.