New markers shine a light on Virginia history

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nine Virginia historical highway markers have won approval, shining a light on conflicts between white settlers and native populations in Rockbridge County, among other historical people and places.

The historical roadside narratives have been approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Thousands of historical markers already dot the Virginia landscape.

The new entries tell the story of African-American history in several localities. In Lynchburg, one pays homage to Lucile Barrow Turner, a composer and folklorist who promoted African-American folk music. She died in 1979.

The Rockbridge County marker will relate the Shawnee Indian attacks during the Seven Years’ War. The attacks were aimed at European settlers.

The Konnarock Training School in Smyth County was established in 1924 to educate children from remote mountain communities. It also gets a marker.

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