Central Rappahannock Regional Library will host the traveling exhibit for this year’s Strong Men & Women in Virginia History August 23-September 29, at Fredericksburg Branch. The Library of Virginia, in partnership with Dominion Energy, honors seven distinguished African American leaders annually by recognizing them as Strong Men & Women in Virginia History. According to the Library of Virginia, these individuals, past and present, are chosen based on their “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, their people, and all Americans. It is these many contributions that the Strong Men & Women in Virginia History program seeks to recognize and share.”
This year’s exhibit honors local resident Marguerite Bailey Young for her work in education and healthcare. In recognition of her work, Young has received several awards, including the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce's Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award.
Want to read more about African Americans who lived in Virginia? Check our list, CRRL Virginiana: African American Life Stories.