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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History 2014

Marcellus Spencer "Boo" Williams

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Marcellus Spencer “Boo” Williams, Jr., created a nationally known summer youth basketball program and led the way in developing a state-of-the-art…

Olivia Ferguson McQueen

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Civil rights pioneer Olivia Ferguson McQueen successfully challenged school segregation in 1959, but did not receive her diploma for another…

James Heyward Blackwell

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James Heyward Blackwell advanced the cause of African American public education in Richmond for more than forty years.

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly

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Seamstress and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln, former slave Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly wrote a book detailing her life and experiences in the White…

John Mitchell Jr.

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As editor of the Richmond Planet, John Mitchell Jr., fought against racism and for African American advancement in politics, business, and education.

Mary Alice Franklin Hatwood Futrell

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Educator and organization leader Mary Alice Franklin Hatwood Futrell is an advocate for teachers and students in the United States and around the…

James Randolph Spencer

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James Randolph Spencer is the first African American federal judge appointed from Virginia.

William Darnell "Bill" Euille

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A leader in the political, cultural, and civic life of Alexandria, William Darnell “Bill” Euille became the first African American elected mayor of…