Virginia Changemakers
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Charles Spurgeon Johnson battled racism early in the twentieth century as a preeminent sociologist, author, educator, and college president.

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Christopher Bernard Howard sets an example for Hampden-Sydney students and for everyone through his impressive sum of service to the country and youth-enrichment efforts in Africa and the United States.

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Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Clara Adams-Ender was the first African American woman to command a major army base.
Prince William County


Dana Olden Baldwin was a community physician whose entrepreneurial spirit created a thriving African-American business district in Martinsville.

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Dangerfield Newby was one of five African Americans who took up arms against slavery with fellow abolitionist John Brown at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859.
Culpeper County


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From her cattle farm in Prince William County, Annie Snyder fought successfully to preserve the land around the Civil War battlefield at Manassas.

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Elizabeth Van Lew oversaw an effective and significant Union spy network during the Civil War.

Florence Saunders Farley has fought against racism and bias to open doors in science and politics for African American women in Virginia.
Roanoke and Petersburg

Nicknamed "Grandma COBOL," Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was a pioneer in computer science and the first woman to achieve the rank of rear admiral in the United States Navy.
Arlington County

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Brigadier General Gwen Bingham was the first woman to serve as quartermaster general of the United States Army.
Prince George County


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