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Virginia Women in History 2008

Lucy Goode Brooks

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Having experienced as a slave the devastation of separated families, Lucy Goode Brooks founded the Friends’ Asylum for Colored Orphans.

Frances Culpeper Stephens Berkley Ludwell

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As a leader of the Green Spring faction, Frances Culpeper Stephens Berkeley Ludwell influenced the politics of seventeenth-century Virginia.

Edith Turner (Wané Roonseraw)

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Edith Turner, chief of the Nottoway, successfully navigated nineteenth-century Nottoway and Anglo-American societies while she strove to keep the…

Isabel Wood Rogers

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As an educator and author, Isabel Wood Rogers advocated that Christians take an active and responsible interest in the secular world.

Providencia Velazquez Gonzalez

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By striving to improve the lives of those around her, Providencia "Provi" Velazquez Gonzalez serves as an example to her community.

Sharyn McCrumb


The award-winning novels of Sharyn Elaine Arwood McCrumb celebrate the richness and variety of Appalachian culture.

Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy

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The first woman to serve on the State Corporation Commission and on the Supreme Court of Virginia, Elizabeth Bermingham Lacy opened doors for Virginia…

Patricia Buckley Moss

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Patricia Buckley Moss uses the considerable commercial success she has earned as an artist to aid child-related charities and promote the use of the…