Virginia Changemakers
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  • Collection: Postwar United States

Fannie W. Fitzgerald_cmyk sheetfed.tif
Fannie W. Fitzgerald pioneered the integration of Prince William County Schools amid her 35-year career as an educator in Virginia schools.
Prince William County

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A revered civic leader and successful businessman, William T. Stone was the first African-American judge in Williamsburg.
Williamsburg

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Throughout his career as a Baptist minister, Reverend Andrew J. White Sr. has championed education, health care, and community service.
Petersburg

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Throughout her career, Lucy Randolph Mason championed social reforms and legislation to help Southern workers.
Richmond

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Educator, activist, and basketball pioneer Edwin B. Henderson dedicated his life to serving the African-American community through sports in education and fighting racial discrimination.
Fairfax County

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A schoolteacher and military veteran, Calvin C. Green filed a lawsuit in 1965 to compel New Kent County to desegregate its public schools.
New Kent County

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An acclaimed lyric soprano and the first African American to receive a contract from a major American opera company, Camilla Ella Williams was a pioneer for black artists in classical music.
Danville

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An accomplished artist and musician, Christine Herter Kendall cofounded the Garth Newel Music Center in Bath County.
Bath County

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As a teenager, Edwilda Allen Isaac helped lead a walkout of students from R. R. Moton High School that contributed to ending school segregation in the United States.
Farmville

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Civil rights pioneer Olivia Ferguson McQueen successfully challenged school segregation in 1959, but did not receive her diploma for another fifty-four years.
Charlottesville
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