Seven Trailblazers Named 2019 'Strong Men & Women in Virginia History'

- Seventh annual program recognizes African-American leaders
- Mayor, ministers, mathematician among those honored
- Four high school student essay winners also recognized
Seven 2019 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History honorees and four student essay winners were recognized for their accomplishments on Feb. 7 in Richmond.

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Energy and the Library of Virginia celebrated the achievements of seven African-American leaders during the seventh annual "Strong Men & Women in Virginia History" awards program held Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Richmond Marriott. The program honors prominent African Americans past and present who have made noteworthy and admirable contributions to the commonwealth, the nation and their professions.

"These honorees have persevered through struggles and challenges to become members of the armed forces, authors, community leaders, educators, judges and politicians," said Bill Murray, senior vice president – Corporate Affairs & Communications, Dominion Energy. "They are a strong example for people who wish to serve their communities, and we are pleased to recognize them for their leadership and accomplishments."

"The Library of Virginia is delighted to partner with Dominion Energy again in 2019 to make the Strong Men & Women in Virginia History program possible," said Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway. "The life stories and accomplishments of the men and women honored this year are powerful and inspirational, and it is wonderful to have this opportunity to share their contributions with a wide audience." 

This year's honorees are:


Kwame Alexander

Writer and Youth Advocate, Fairfax County


Lawrence A. Davies

Minister and Civic Leader, Fredericksburg


Fannie W. Fitzgerald*

Educator & Elementary School Supervisor, Prince William County


Deanna Reed

Mayor and Mentor, Harrisonburg


William T. Stone*

Judge and Civic Leader, Williamsburg


Gladys B. West

Mathematician and Educator, King George County


Andrew J. White Sr.

Minister and Community Activist, Petersburg


*Posthumous honor


Four high school student essay winners were also recognized during the ceremony. Each wrote essays, selected from over 200 entries, about what equality means to them.

The winners of the 2019 Strong Men & Women in Virginia History student essay competition are:


Erika Garcia

Washington-Lee High School, Arlington


Katherine Stenner

Clover Hill High School, Chesterfield


Loren Vermillion

Gate City High School, Gate City


William Lee Williams

Granby High School, Norfolk

Each student will receive an Apple MacBook Air laptop and $1,000 for their school.


About the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
Nearly 7.5 million customers in 18 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed nearly $35 million in 2018 to community causes. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education, and encourage community vitality. Please visit to learn more.

About the Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia (, located in historic downtown Richmond, holds the world's most extensive collection of material about the Old Dominion and has been a steward of the commonwealth's documentary and printed heritage since 1823. The story of Virginia and Virginians has been told in many ways since 1607. At the Library of Virginia it is told through more than 119 million manuscripts and nearly 2.5 million books, serials, bound periodicals, microfilm reels, newspapers and state and federal documents, each an individual tile in the vast and colorful mosaic of Virginia's experience.


SOURCE Dominion Energy

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