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Virginia Women in History 2011

Emily White Fleming

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Emily White Fleming preserved numerous Fredericksburg landmarks for future generations.

Elizabeth Henry Campbell Russell

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Setting a charitable example, Elizabeth Henry Campbell Russell fostered the fledgling Methodist Church in southwestern Virginia as a devoted adherent…

Felicia Warburg Rogan

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Felicia Warburg Rogan's efforts to promote Virginia's wine industry have earned her the title "the First Lady of Virginia Wine."

Eleanor Bontecou

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Eleanor Bontecou overcame debilitating illness to combat discrimination against Japanese Americans during World War II, study the treatment of…

Pearl Fu

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By directing the annual Local Colors festival, Pearl Fu celebrates the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Roanoke area.

Lillian Lincoln Lambert

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Overcoming racial and gender prejudices, Lillian Lincoln Lambert became the first African American woman to earn an MBA from the Harvard Business…

Bessie Niemeyer Marshall

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Bessie Niemeyer Marshall created detailed watercolors of plants as part of a federally funded project that rescued a Petersburg park.

Lucy Addison


A pioneering educator, Lucy Addison developed the first accredited high school for Roanoke's African American community.