Virginia Changemakers
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  • Collection: Colonization and Settlement

Ann Pamunkey 041393_01.tif
As chief of the Pamunkey Indians, Ann fought to preserve the rights of her people when they were threatened by English colonists.
King William County

A prosperous woman during the earliest years of the Virginia colony, Temperance Flowerdew Yeardley took steps to maintain control of her financial affairs after her husband's death.

A prominent Catholic in the Maryland colony, Margaret Brent later settled in Virginia where she and her siblings acquired extensive property and provided a refuge for Catholic colonists.
Stafford County

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At a time when married women had few rights, Elizabeth Bray Allen Smith Stith used her own funds to establish a free school for poor children.
Isle of Wight County

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As a leader of the Green Spring faction, Frances Culpeper Stephens Berkeley Ludwell influenced the politics of seventeenth-century Virginia.
James City County

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Captured by Shawnee Indians in 1755, Mary Draper Ingles escaped and made her way hundreds of miles to return home.
New River Valley


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Pamunkey chief Cockacoeske signed the 1677 Treaty of Middle Plantation with the English and reunited several tribes under her authority.
Middle Peninsula

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Christiana Campbell became one of Williamsburg's most prominent and successful tavern keepers during the Revolutionary era.

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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 County.
York County
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