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African American Trailblazers 2008

Pleasants Crump

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A self-taught dancer, Pleasants "Snowball" Crump performed for national and international audiences.

Aline Black

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Aline Black was a plaintiff in a case challenging the disparate pay of African American and white teachers in Norfolk.

Edna Meade Colson


Educator Edna Meade Colson strove to improve educational opportunities for African Americans in Virginia.

Percy Casino Corbin


Civil rights leader Percy Casino Corbin strove to bring equality to the school system in Pulaski, Virginia.

Janie Porter Barrett


Civic leader and educator Janie Porter Barrett worked to improve the lives of African American women.

John Wesley Cromwell


Born into slavery, John Wesley Cromwell went on to become an attorney, educator, and publisher of the People's Advocate.

Fields Cook

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Born into slavery, Fields Cook became a prominent African American leader in Richmond and Alexandria in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Blind Billy

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An enslaved man, Blind Billy was a renowned Lynchburg fifer.