"Edmonia Lewis was the first African American artist to earn international fame for her artwork. She earned a living as a sculptor and portraitist and was famous for several of her works, including a bust of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw of which she sold over 100 plaster copies."
Willa Brown Chappell co-founded the National Airmen’s Association of America, an organization whose mission was to get African Americans into the United States Air Force. In 1940, she and her first husband, Lieutenant Cornelius R. Coffey started the Coffey School of Aeronautics, where some of the approximately 200 pilots who trained there eventually became “Tuskegee Airmen.”
Sign ("Dictatorship") on tree, Powhatan County, Va., 1962-1963 :: Edward H. Peeples Prince Edward County (Va.) Public Schools - Date of Photograph 1962-1963 - Sign on tree on U.S. route 60 in Powhatan County, Va., on south side of highway about two miles from Cumberland County line. It followed an order by Federal District Judge John Butzner to admit six African Americans to two Powhatan County Public Schools & also enjoining county officials from closing schools to avoid desegregation.
In VA there are 7 counties with Indian names but Powhatan County is the only one named after a chief. The James River forms its northern border and the Appomattox River is on the south side. The county is named for the paramount chief of the powerful confederacy of tribes of Algonquian-speaking Native Americans in the Tidewater in 1607, when the British settled at Jamestown.