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African American Trailblazers 2007

Esther Cooper

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Esther Cooper fought for improved educational opportunities for African American students in Arlington County.

Isaac David Burrell

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A physician, Isaac David Burrell operated the only pharmacy for African Americans in Roanoke for many years.

Elizabeth Coles Bouey


The daughter and wife of missionaries, Elizabeth Coles Bouey organized the National Association of Ministers’ Wives.

Leslie Garland Bolling

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A self-taught wood carver, Leslie Garland Bolling achieved national recognition for his wooden sculptures of African Americans at work or leisure.

Clara Olivia Byrd Baker

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A teacher for more than thirty years, Clara Baker was also an advocate for women's rights.

Arthur Robert Ashe

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Tennis champion Arthur Ashe was an advocate for human dignity around the world.

Lucy Goode Brooks


Born enslaved, Lucy Goode Brooks founded the Friends' Asylum for Colored Orphans in Richmond.

William Breedlove


A free African American before the Civil War, William Breedlove won election in 1867 to a convention called to rewrite Virginia's state…