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Slideshow of Historical Markers Highlighting African American Women

Ella Fitzgerald singing with band.For Black History Month in 2020, DHR created this slideshow compilation of 33 state historical markers about African American women whose contributions made a difference in Virginia (and in the nation’s) history.

Photo: Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) was born in Newport News, Va. Marker W-70-a recalls her career. The photo shows her in 1947 with Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz. (Library of Congress)



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Silhouette of woman
Elizabeth Keckly
Mary Smith Peake
Crying Tree
Lucy Goode Brooks
Shows locale of Perry's home.
Della Irving Hayden
Martha E. Forrester
Janie Porter Barrett
Sissieretta Jones
Virginia E. Randolph
Historical image of Gibson High School
Lucy D. Slowe
Anne Spencer in wedding dress
Amaza Lee Meredith
Nellie Pratt Russell
Va. Federation of Colored Women's Clubs pamphlet cover
Isabella Lightfoot and students.
Record album cover of Flora Molton
Pauline Weeden Maloney
Cover of Undine Smith Moore LP album
Screenshot of video interview of Pauline C. Morton
Pearl Bailey publicity photo
Girl Scout Troop #37
Ella Fitzgerald singing with band.
U.S. postage stamp of Dorothy Height
Newspaper Washington Afro-American headlines Morgan v. Virginia decision
Ella Baker
Henrietta Lacks
Mary Winston Jackson
Cover of Ruth Brown LP record album
Jessie Menifield Rattley
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Updated May 11, 2020