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The Pentagon, located in Arlington, Virginia, is the world's largest low-rise office building and is home to the United States Department of Defense. Construction began in 1941 and was completed by 1943. On September 11, 2001, the terrorist group Al…

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A champion of human dignity around the world, Arthur Robert Ashe overcame the discrimination he faced growing up in Richmond to become a top-ranked tennis player and acclaimed author. Ashe learned tennis from coaches in Richmond and Lynchburg. In…

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At the close of the Civil War and the passing of the Fifteenth Amendment, all male citizens, regardless of their race or previous status, were supposed to be able to vote.  However, many states, including Virginia, found ways to exclude African…

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Arthur Robert Ashe was an African American tennis player and human rights activist who overcame adversity and discrimination to become one of the greatest tennis players in American history. To date he is the first and only male African American to…

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The First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in the autumn of 1774. Representatives from the twelve colonies gathered in response to acts of Parliament that became known as the Intolerable Acts. The delegates drafted an association to boycott…

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This report, published in June 1977 by the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, reviewed the laws of Virginia in regards to the rights of married or once married women, who were not employed outside of the home. The…

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The annual payment of tribute by Virginia's Indians attests to their continuing presence. In 1646 Necotowance, “the King of the Indians” as the English styled him, signed a treaty to end the third major Anglo-Indian War. Annual payment of tribute to…

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A grandson of slaves, Lawrence Douglas Wilder (1931–) was sworn in as governor of Virginia on January 13, 1990. Wilder made history in 1985 when he became the first African American elected to statewide office, and was sworn in as lieutenant governor…

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In 2001 the League of Women Voters of Virginia celebrated National Women's History Month by producing a leaflet entitled "Virginia Women's Legacies." This pamphlet described thirty Virginia women with historical significance. Included are Ida Stover,…

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Governor Mark Warner signed the Emergency Preparedness Executive Order (7) on Jan. 31, 2002. This order launched the Secure Virginia Initiative, established the Secure Virginia Panel, directed state agencies to prepare or update emergency response…
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