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Virginia Women in History 2007

Camilla Ella Williams

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An acclaimed lyric soprano and the first African American to receive a contract from a major American opera company, Camilla Ella Williams was a…

Mary Jeffery Galt

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Mary Jeffery Galt helped found the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.

Mary Willing Byrd

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Mary Willing Byrd preserved her children's property during the American Revolution and eloquently defended herself against charges of loyalism.

Maybelle Addington Carter

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A founding member of the Carter Family, a highly influential early country music group, Maybelle Addington Carter was a pioneering guitarist and…

Sheila Crump Johnson

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A cofounder of Black Entertainment Television, Sheila Crump Johnson is a dynamic philanthropist who supports education and the arts.

Mary Alice Franklin Hatwood Futrell

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Long recognized as one of the nation's most distinguished educators, Mary Alice Franklin Hatwood Futrell led the National Education Association from…

Laura Lu Scherer Copenhaver

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As founder of Rosemont Industries and as a Lutheran lay leader, Laura Lu Scherer Copenhaver advocated strategies for improving educational and…