Virginia Changemakers
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  • Collection: Expansion and Reform

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Born into slavery, Lott Cary purchased his own freedom and became an early leader in the new West African colony of Liberia.
Charles City County

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Appalled by the violence of slavery and its effect on society, Mary Minor Blackford became a vocal anti-slavery supporter.

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As author of The Virginia House-Wife (1824), the first American regional cookbook, Mary Randolph transformed cooking and household management in ways that continue to influence chefs and domestic supervisors.
Chesterfield County and Richmond

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Born into slavery, Noah Davis raised more than $4,000 to free himself and his family members during the 1840s and 1850s.

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An enslaved man, Blind Billy was a renowned Lynchburg fifer.

Mary Smith Kelsey Peake was an educator of both free and enslaved African Americans prior to and during the Civil War.


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