Virginia Changemakers
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  • Collection: Emergence of Modern America

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Ora Brown Stokes was a lifelong advocate for the rights of African American women.

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Labor economist Mary Elizabeth Pidgeon began her career as an organizer for woman suffrage.
Clarke County

Josephine Norcom advocated educational opportunities and equal rights for African American women and men.

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Sophie G. Meredith was an advocate for equal suffrage and women's rights.

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Elizabeth Lewis founded the Equal Suffrage League of Lynchburg.

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Civic leader Fannie B. King encouraged educational and public health reforms in addition to advocating woman suffrage.

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As a teacher, India Hamilton continuously pushed for the expansion, implementation, and improvement of educational opportunities for African American students.
King William County


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John-Geline MacDonald Bowman helped establish business and professional organizations for Virginia women and served as president of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs.

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James Heyward Blackwell advanced the cause of African American public education in Richmond for more than forty years.

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Harlem Renaissance poet Anne B. Spencer was also an advocate for the civil rights of African Americans.
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