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Strong Men and Women in Virginia History Exhibit

Friday, September 20 at 10:00am to 6:00pm

The Library of Virginia's Strong Men and Women of Virginia History exhibit will be on display at Broad Rock Branch Library from August 13-September 20.

People of African descent have been a part of Virginia’s — and America’s — story since European colonization of the North American continent began. Yet the contributions of African Americans often have been ignored, obscured, or underappreciated by those who recorded history. In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians, past and present, as Strong Men & Women in Virginia History for their important contributions to the state, the nation, or their professions. 

These men and women offer powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstances. Their biographies are a testament to the determination and perseverance displayed by extraordinary people during challenging times. These individuals demonstrate how African Americans have actively campaigned through education and advocacy for better lives for themselves and all Americans. 

This program, which combined Dominion’s Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership series and the Library of Virginia’s African American Trailblazers in Virginia History, operates in Virginia only, and was inaugurated in January 2013.

With this program is an annual student writing contest with awards to students and their schools.

Broad Rock Branch Library
4820 Old Warwick Road, Richmond, Va, 23224


RVA Southside




All ages, Wheelchair Accessible




Visual Arts, History


Group & Artist
Richmond Public Library

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