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African American Trailblazers 2010

Gowan Pamphlet

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Gowan Pamphlet was born enslaved, but persevered to become a well-known preacher, gain his freedom, and establish a Baptist church in Williamsburg…

Henry Marsh III

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Throughout his law career and the public offices he has held, Henry L. Marsh has committed his life to bringing equal rights and opportunities to…

Florence Farley


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

Dorothy Hamm

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Through legal and political actions, civil rights activist Dorothy Bigelow Hamm fought for African American equality.

Joseph Thomas Newsome


A leading figure in Newport News, Joseph Thomas Newsome struggled to bring education and voting rights to the African American community.

Christopher Howard

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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…

Sara Bagby


With "a decided taste for freedom," Sara Lucy Bagby was embroiled in a celebrated legal case that tested the infamous Fugitive Slave Act during the…

Mary Peake


Mary Smith Kelsey Peake was an educator of both free and enslaved African Americans prior to and during the Civil War.