The Library of Virginia has joined forces with Dominion Virginia Power to form a new dynamic program. Dominion’s Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership series and the Library of Virginia’s African American Trailblazers in Virginia History are now one program — Strong Men & Women in Virginia History. This new program, which will operate in Virginia only, was inaugurated in January when eight honorees were announced for 2013.

Most components of the original programs remain the same: we still honor distinguished African-American leaders, and there will be an annual student writing contest with awards to students and their schools.

Resource materials for Strong Men & Women in Virginia History are available online to Virginia-area schools through the Library of Virginia. Teachers may also request a set of materials to be mailed to them through our contact us page.

For information on past honorees (Trailblazers and Strong Men & Women) use the following links: African American Trailblazers and Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership series,, (keyword, strong). Visit our research guide for digital resources on African American History sites.

The Strong Men & Women in Virginia exhibition might be coming to your area. Below is the exhibition schedule for 2013. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, Exhibitions Coordinator, at or 804-692-3518.

2/4/2013–3/16/2013                   Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library, Christiansburg

2/25/2013–4/6/2013                   Hampton Public Library, Phoebus

3/18/2013–4/27/2013                 Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library, Blacksburg

4/8/2013–5/18/2013                   Hampton Public Library, Main

4/29/2013–6/8/2013                   Central Rappahannock Regional, Fredericksburg

5/20/2013–6/29/2013                 Eastern Shore Public Library, Accomac

6/10/2013–7/20/2013                 Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth

7/1/2013–8/10/2013                   Ker Place, Onancock

7/22/2013–8/31/2013                 Manassas Museum, Manassas

8/12/2013–9/21/2013                 Moton Museum

9/2/2013–10/12/2013                 Lynchburg Public Library

9/23/2013–11/2/2013                 Gloucester Public Library

10/14/2013–11/23/2013             Southside Regional Library (Boydton)

11/4/2013–12/14/2013               Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society