Virginia Changemakers
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Pulitzer Prize–winning author Willa Cather was acclaimed for her novels portraying the settlers and frontier life of the American Plains.
Frederick County

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A best-selling novelist, Ellen Glasgow challenged southern social and cultural conventions through her writing and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1942.

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A nationally known painter, Theresa Pollak was the founding faculty member of the School of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Seamstress Elizabeth Keckly bought her freedom and later served as dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln at the White House.
Dinwiddie County

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A highly successful photographer, Frances Benjamin Johnston's many accomplishments included documenting historic buildings of Virginia and the southeastern United States.

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An advocate for civil rights, Anne Spencer was also a noted poet of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Pearl Bailey was an award winning singer and actor who was also recognized for her humanitarian efforts.
Newport News

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Best-selling author Mary Johnston was a leader in the fight for woman suffrage in Virginia.

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A gifted storyteller, Lee Smith highlights the stories and voices of the Appalachian community where she was raised.

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For seventy-five years Mary Virginia Hawes Terhune's pen name, Marion Harland, was nationally known to readers of her novels, short stories, and domestic advice.
Amelia County
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