Virginia Changemakers
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Ella Agnew was a pioneer in home demonstration work in rural Virginia early in the twentieth century.

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Sarah Lee Fain was one of the first two women elected to Virginia's General Assembly.

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For thirty-four years Mary Julia Baldwin was principal of the seminary that later became Mary Baldwin University.


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Born enslaved, Jennie Dean founded a school for African Americans in Manassas.


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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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Social reformer Rosa Dixon Bowser was an advocate for civil rights and educational opportunities for African Americans.

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Janie Porter Barrett devoted her life to improving opportunities for young African American women through education.
Hanover County

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Social reformer and activist Mary-Cooke Branch Munford advocated public school reforms, women's rights, and interracial cooperation throughout her life.

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A tireless business leader and civic activist, Jessie M. Rattley was the first woman and first African American to serve as mayor of Newport News.
Newport News

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Throughout her career as a teacher, Lillian Ward McDaniel advocated lifelong education and community service.
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