Va. issuing 11 new historic highway markers

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An Army training center that was run entirely by women near Fort Lee is among 11places in Virginia that are getting historic highway markers.

Located between Petersburg and Hopewell, the Women’s Army Corps training center was established in 1948 by what was then Camp Lee. A 1953 movie, “Never Wave at a WAC,” and starring Rosaline Russell was filmed at the training center. About 30,000 WACs were trained there between 1948 and 1954.

The center was moved in the mid-50s to Fort McClellan in Alabama.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources says highway markers are also being minted in recognition of a Lynchburg dentist who pushed for dental care for servicemen, as well as others honoring African-American history, such as the all-black Shady Grove School in Orange County.

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