31 July 2017

3 more public meetings: Virginia Emancipation and Freedom Monument

The Virginians on the Monument Work Group of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Memorial Commission is seeking the public's opinion on the list of finalists’ names for inclusion on the Virginia Emancipation and Freedom Monument to be constructed in Richmond. The Work Group will hold its second public meeting on July 31 from 6 PM to 8 PM in the Parker-Gray Gallery of the Alexandria Black History Museum on 902 Wythe Street Alexandria, Va 22314.

Meeting Date: July 31, 2017
Meeting Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 902 Wythe Street Alexandria, Va 22314


Images and brief biographical information engraved on the base of the Monument will honor four African-American Virginians who contributed to emancipation before the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865 and four who contributed to the struggle for freedom after 1865. (Click here to see proposed model of the base.) The finalists were drawn from more than 90 nominations submitted by the public during the nominating process held from September 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017.

The following nominees are confirmed as pre-Emancipation finalists: Mary Elizabeth Bowser, Henry Brown, Anthony Burns, William Harvey Carney, John Dabney, Gabriel, James Lafayette, Dred Scott, and Nat Turner.

The following nominees are confirmed as post-Emancipation finalists: Dr. Virgie M. Binford, James Wesley Douglas Bland, John Andrew Bowler, Rosa L. Dixon Bowser, Lucy Goode Brooks, Evelyn Thomas Butts, Peter Jacob Carter, Jennie Serepta Dean, James Farmer, Rev. Dr. Curtis West Harris, Andrew I. Heidelberg, Dorothy Irene Height, Rev. John Jasper, Charles Spurgeon Johnson, John Mercer Langston, Mildred Loving, John Mitchell, Jr., Lucy F. Simms, Gregory Hayes Swanson, Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, and Dr. James Edward Maceo West.

Three additional public meetings will be held around the state as follows:
  1. Wednesday, August 16, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Main Bldg., Room 158, Charlottesville
  2. Thursday, August 17, Nursing and General Education Building, Norfolk State University, Norfolk
  3. Monday, August 21, Danville Community College, Danville 
For biographical information on finalists and updates on the monument’s progress, visit http://mlkcommission.dls.virginia.gov/lincoln/monument.html.

For inquiries, please contact Senate Committee Operations at 804-698-7450

Link to Study: http://studies.virginiageneralassembly.gov/studies/444

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