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An astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Beth A. Brown worked to inspire women and minorities to pursue careers in science.
Roanoke

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Brigadier General Sheila Baxter was the first female and the second African-American brigadier general in the Army Medical Service Corps.
Franklin

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News anchor Stephanie Rochon raised breast cancer awareness through her award-winning “Buddy Check 6” news segments.
Richmond

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Throughout her pioneering career in science, Margaret Ellen Mayo Tolbert has encouraged and inspired women and minorities to choose careers in math and science.
Suffolk

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For more than 60 years, pharmacist Leonard Muse has been a community leader in the historically African-American neighborhood of Nauck in Arlington County.
Arlington County

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As a longtime community leader in Richmond, Benjamin Lambert practiced optometry in Jackson Ward and served in the Virginia General Assembly.
Richmond

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Living in a rural mountain region with few doctors, Orleana Hawks Puckett became a midwife and successfully delivered more than 1,000 babies in her community.
Patrick and Caroll Counties

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Appointed a captain in the Confederate army, Sally Tompkins managed a hospital in Richmond during the Civil War.
Richmond

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Concerned about the plight of the working poor in Richmond, Rebekah Peterkin organized Sheltering Arms Hospital to provide free medical care.
Richmond

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Annabella Ravenscroft Gibson Jenkins established a hospital in Richmond that accepted all patients regardless of their ability to pay.
Richmond
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