15 New Historical Markers Coming to Virginia Highways

The Virginia Department of Historical Resources (DHR) has approved 15 new historical highway markers, many of them focusing on African-American and women’s history in Virginia.

Five of the fifteen markers were proposed by students during a historical marker contest. One marker in Hampton commemorates Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson, a mathematician who worked for NASA and was featured in Hidden Figures. Johnson died at 101 earlier this year. Another marker, in Lynchburg, honors Elizabeth Langhorne Lewis; who was “one of the most influential women’s suffrage activists in Virginia,” according to the proposed sign text.

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‘Hidden Figures’ Mathematician Katherine Johnson to Be Honored with Bronze Statue, STEM Scholarship

Katherine Johnson

West Virginia State University announced Thursday that alumna Katherine Johnson – the NASA mathematician whose calculations helped astronauts return to Earth – is being honored with a bronze statue and a scholarship in her name, the dedication ceremony of which is scheduled for August 25, the day before Johnson’s 100th birthday. “Rarely are…

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