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  • Collection: Contemporary United States

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Arthur Robert Ashe was a Black tennis player and human rights activist who became one of the greatest tennis players in American history. He was the first and to date is the only Black man to win the singles title in three Grand Slam tennis events,…

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At the close of the Civil War and after 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 Black…

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In January 1975, the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year was a presidential commission established by President Gerald Ford. The purpose of the commission was to work in conjunction with the International Women’s Year…

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The annual payment of tribute by Virginia's Indians has been a long-standing practice that still occurs today. In 1646, Necotowance, "the King of the Indians" as the English referred to him, signed a treaty to end the third Anglo-Indian War. Annual…

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Lawrence Douglas Wilder (1931–  ) made history more than once in Virginia and was the nation's first African American to win election as governor of a state.  The grandson of slaves, Doug Wilder attended racially segregated public schools in…

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The National League of Women Voters was established in 1920, the year that the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote was ratified. The League's purpose was "to unite all existing organizations of women who believe in its principles.…

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, four flights were hijacked by members of the Islamic extremist group, al- Qaeda, in coordinated attack against the United States. All four hijacked planes were scheduled to be cross-country flights from the East…

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

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On the morning of September 11, 2001, four flights were hijacked by members of the Islamic extremist group, al- Qaeda, in a coordinated attack against the United States. All four hijacked planes were scheduled to be cross-country flights from the…

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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced on June 23, 2014 that the first phase of Metro’s Silver Line to provide service to Dulles International Airport would be ready to open by the end of July 2014. It was the culmination of a…
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