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State exhibit features women history makers, including Brunswick justice

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State Supreme Court justice Cleo Elaine Powell
SoVaNow.com / April 10, 2013
Each year Virginia celebrates National Women’s History Month with a traveling exhibit that recognizes outstanding women, past and present, who played an integral part in the development of Virginia. Until May 11, that exhibit is on display at the Southside Regional Library in Boydton.

Among the eight women honored in 2013 is a state Supreme Court justice who is a native of the area, Cleo Elaine Powell of Brunswick County. Powell is the first African-American woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Other honorees include Eva Fleming Scott, a pharmacist and first woman elected to the Virginia Senate, and award-winning journalist Ann Compton. Compton, of Roanoke, was the first female White House Correspondent for a national news organization.

The 2013 traveling exhibit includes a photograph of each woman being celebrated for her accomplishments as well as a brief biography.

The Virginia Women in History Exhibit is sponsored each year by the Library of Virginia. It includes a webpage with a special link for educators who wish to incorporate the program into the classroom curriculum. The link is http://www.lva.virginia.gov/women.

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