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September 2021

African American Watermen Project, Informational Meeting

September 14, 2021 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 pm

DHR convenes a public meeting to discuss in depth the African American Watermen Project. Please check back to this page for forthcoming information and link to connect as an attendee to the remote meeting. Use this WebEx link to connect to the meeting remotely.

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Quarterly Meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources & State Review Board, September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

A joint quarterly public meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board convenes at 9:30 a.m. September 23, 2021, at James Madison’s Montpelier, Center for the Constitution. The public will be able to attend the meeting remotely; please see these instructions on how to do so. Meeting DRAFT Agenda Highway Markers Proposed Easements, Proposed Donations More info, including new register nominations, view the Board Activities webpage.

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State Historical Marker “Roger Arliner Young (1898-1964)” To Be Dedicated in Clifton Forge

September 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be dedicated that highlights the career of Alleghany County native R. Arliner Young, the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in zoology when she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1940. The Town of Clifton Forge, where Young was born, will host a public marker dedication ceremony at 2 p.m., on Friday, September 24, at the Town Hall, located at 547 Main…

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October 2021

State Historical Marker “Dry Bridge School” To Be Dedicated in Martinsville

October 2, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The historical marker highlights the origins and history of Dry Bridge School, which opened in 1928 to serve African American students in Henry County during the era of segregation in public education. The public dedication ceremony for the marker will be held Saturday, October 2, beginning at 11 a.m., at the marker’s location along East Church Street, just east of Boden Street and near the entrance to the MARC Workshop, where attendees may park. Event speakers will include Martinsville Mayor…

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State Historical Marker “Creative Women of Fishers Hill” To Be Dedicated in Strasburg

October 3, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The marker highlights three women—two painters, Bertha Von Hillern and Maria J. C. a’ Becket, and writer Emma Howard Wright—who lived in the Fishers Hill area of Shenandoah County during the 1880s and gained national prominence for their creative endeavors. The public dedication ceremony for the marker will be held at Strasburg Square, in Strasburg, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, October 3. Event speakers will include Strasburg Mayor Brandy Hawkins Boies; Shenandoah County Supervisors Tim Taylor and Dennis Morris; David…

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State Historical Marker “Leonard Woods Lynched” to be Dedicated in Wise County

October 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Woods Marker Location, 12643 Orby Cantrell Highway
Pound, Virginia 24279
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A state historical marker will be dedicated in Wise County that recalls the lynching in 1927 of Leonard Woods, an African American coal miner. That event led the Commonwealth of Virginia to define lynching as a state crime in early 1928. The public dedication ceremony is scheduled for this Saturday, October 16, beginning at 11 a.m., at the marker’s location at 12643 Orby Cantrell Highway, Pound, Va. (24279), just east of the Virginia–Kentucky border. Parking is available near the sign’s…

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Three State Historical Markers to be Dedicated in Bath County’s Warm Springs & West Warm Springs

October 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Three markers—“Warm Springs Baths,” the town of “Warm Springs,” and “West Warm Springs”—will be dedicated that highlight Warm Springs Baths, a resort since the late 1700s, the courthouse town of Warm Springs, and West Warm Springs, an historically African American community tracing back to the post–Civil War era. The public event to dedicate the markers will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 17, and will involve short unveiling ceremonies at each of the markers. The first marker on the agenda…

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Historical Marker “American Revolution on the Frontier” to be Dedicated in Montgomery Co., Shawsville

October 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Location of Marker, 847 Alleghany Spring Road
Shawsville, VA United States
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A state historical marker will be dedicated that highlights the role of the Crockett brothers, western Virginia frontiersmen, in helping to secure victory in the American Revolution, especially during the last two years of the war, in 1780 and 1781. The Eastmont Community Foundation and the Meadowbrook Museum of History, sponsor of the marker, will dedicate the sign during a pageant-filled public ceremony on Sunday, October 17, starting at 2 p.m., at the historical Crockett Farm, today’s Rivermont Farm, located…

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Dedication of the historical marker “Joseph R. Holmes” in Charlotte County

October 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The marker “Joseph R. Holmes” will be dedicated at 1 p.m. at the Old Court House in the town of Charlotte Court House.  Holmes, born enslaved, served as a delegate to the Virginia Republican Party conventions in 1867 and 1869 and was elected to represent Charlotte and Halifax Counties in Virginia’s Constitutional Convention of 1867-68. On May 3, 1869, four white men murdered Holmes on the county’s courthouse steps. The men charged with his murder were never tried.  

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Online VCRIS Training: Search and Mapping

October 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

VCRIS Training: Search and Mapping (hosted by DHR) https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/j.php?MTID=m85f19d082fd2299c202b7c3e69198bed Thursday, Oct 28, 2021 1:00 pm | 2 hours | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Event number: 2424 877 7019 Event password: PApuxWjU634 (72789958 from phones)Join by phone +1-517-466-2023 US Toll +1-866-692-4530 US Toll Free Access code: 242 487 77019 If you have questions in advance of the meeting, contact jolene.smith@dhr.virginia.gov

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Two State Historical Markers to be Dedicated in Bristol

October 30, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cumberland Park, 200 Lee St,
Bristol, Virginia 24201
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Two state historical markers will be dedicated in Bristol. One marker recalls the career of city native Dr. Charles S. Johnson, a scholar of race relations and major contributor to the Black cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. Another marker highlights Lee Street Baptist Church, established by recently emancipated African Americans in 1865. The markers’ sponsor, the Bristol Historical Association (BHA), will dedicate the signs during a public ceremony beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 30, at Cumberland Square…

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November 2021

Online VCRIS Training: Architecture (AH) Data Entry

November 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online VCRIS Training: Architecture (AH) Data Entry (hosted by DHR) https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/j.php?MTID=m48041d32938dbb1cda249ef4c6ec4a20 Monday, Nov 1, 2021 10:00 am | 2 hours | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Event number: 2426 597 7475 Event password: h38Q8uQCp62 (43878872 from phones)Join by phone +1-517-466-2023 US Toll +1-866-692-4530 US Toll Free Access code: 242 659 77475 If you have questions in advance of the meeting, contact jolene.smith@dhr.virginia.gov

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VCRIS Online Training: Archaeology (AE) Data Entry

November 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

VCRIS Training: Archaeology (AE) Data Entry (hosted by DHR Public Hearing https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/j.php?MTID=md4bfc8cc76209f35988f61e045a573ba Wednesday, Nov 3, 2021 10:00 am | 2 hours | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Event number: 2432 082 4628 Event password: kgGuxA2WF96 (54489229 from phones) Join by phone +1-517-466-2023 US Toll +1-866-692-4530 US Toll Free Access code: 243 208 24628

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State Historical Marker “Central High School” To Be Dedicated in Goochland County

November 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
2748 Dogtown Road, 2748 Dogtown Road
Goochland, 23063
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Today a state historical marker will be dedicated that highlights Central High School, Goochland County’s only high school for African American students during the era of segregated public schools. The public dedication ceremony for the marker will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, beginning at 10 a.m., at the marker’s location at 2748 Dogtown Road, Goochland, alongside today’s Central High School Cultural and Educational Center. Event speakers will include Jessica Kronberg, director of Parks and Recreation; Gloria Turner, a former Central…

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“Edwin Bancroft Henderson” State Historical Marker To Be Dedicated in Falls Church

November 20, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Marker Location, 307 South Maple Avenue
Falls Church, 22406
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Dr. Edwin Bancroft Henderson (Library of Virginia) An unveiling ceremony will convene, Saturday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. for a state historical marker that highlights the career of Dr. Edwin Bancroft Henderson. (Weds. Nov. 24, marks the 138th anniversary of Henderson’s birth.) The dedication will be held at the marker’s location alongside Henderson’s former residence at 307 South Maple Ave, Falls Church (22406). The Dr. Edwin Bancroft and Mary Ellen Henderson House is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register. Dr.…

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December 2021

Quarterly Meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources & State Review Board

December 9, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond, United States
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A joint quarterly public meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board will convene December 9, 2021, at Halsey Lecture Hall, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond, Virginia. The meeting is open to the public. Online remote attendance is also available. Go to the Board Meeting webpage, scroll down for instructions.

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Dedication of the marker “Blackhead Signpost Road” Southampton Co.

December 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Shiloh Baptist Church, 30188 Shiloh Road
Boykins, Virginia 23827
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Dedication of the marker “Blackhead Signpost Road” Southampton Co. The road was so named after Nat Turner’s 1831 revolt, when white militias and residents murdered African Americans in retaliation. The road name referred to the severed head of a black man that was displayed on a post and left to decay to deter future uprisings against slavery. In 2021, the name became Signpost Road. The marker will be dedicated during a public ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 11, beginning at 10…

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Proposed Berkleytown Historic District, Ashland (Hanover Co.)

December 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

December 14, 6 p.m., Cost Share, Ashland (Hanover Co.): DHR and the Town of Ashland will convene a hybrid virtual/in-person public information session to discuss the nomination of the Berkleytown Historic District to the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places. To attend the meeting, please join us at Ashland Town Hall or participate remotely with this link to Zoom:

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A State Historical Marker To Be Dedicated in Essex County

December 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
31438 Tidewater Trail, 31438 Tidewater Trail
Center Cross, Virginia
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The marker recalls the lynching of an African American man, Thomas Washington, in 1896 in Essex County for reportedly attempting to assault a young white woman. The marker’s sponsor, Reginald Carter Jr., will lead the dedication in a public ceremony starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 18, at the sign’s location on 31438 Tidewater Trail, adjacent to the Essex County Fire Station in Center Cross. Roadside parking will be available for all speakers, elected officials, and members of the press.…

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East Marshall Street Well Project, VCU: Community Research Update

December 29, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

As part of ongoing research associated with the East Marshall Street Well Project, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Family Representative Council have requested a permit from DHR to allow further investigation of ancestral remains recovered from the well in 1994.  As part of this application, VCU will hold a remote public meeting on December 29, at 6:30 p.m. and invites all members of the interested public to participate. DHR archaeologist and cemetery preservationist Joanna Wilson Green will be present to answer questions about…

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