Slideshow of Historical Markers Highlighting African American Women
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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Marker NP-13 (in York Co.): Mary Aggie and the Benefit of Clergy
Marker S-85 (in Dinwiddie Co.): Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (1818-1907)
Marker W-97 (in Hampton): Mary Smith Kelsey Peake
Marker KD-14 (in Smyth Co.): "The Crying Tree"
Marker SA-78 (in Richmond): Friends Asylum for Colored Orphans
Marker Q-6-30 (in Lynchburg): Amelia Perry Pride's Dorchester Home
Marker U-133 (in City of Franklin): Della Irving Hayden (ca. 1855-1924)
Marker I-26 (in Farmville): Martha E. Forrester (1863-1951)
Marker ND-12 (in Hanover Co.): Janie Porter Barrett--(9 Aug. 1865-27 Aug. 1948)
Marker Q-8-w (in Portsmouth): Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones (1869-1933)
Marker W-221 (in Henrico Co.): Virginia Estelle Randolph
Marker KM-8 (in Bedford Co.): Susie G. Gibson High School