VA News Reader

January 16, 2024

Photos courtesy Chesterfield County Museum

‘The Right Paths’ Taken: A permanent exhibit chronicles Chesterfield County’s first Black supervisor

By Harry Kollatz Jr. for Richmond magazine

Cornelius Mimms was Chesterfield County’s first Black supervisor, but you’d be hard-pressed to find him within a 1911 photograph displayed at the Chesterfield County Museum without some help.

Standing in the back row of the “Gathering of Attorneys” and apart from the collection of serious-faced, well-dressed white men arranged before the county courthouse is Mimms, identified as a lawyer.

Mimms represented Chesterfield’s Midlothian District. He was the first Black man elected to the Board of Supervisors, serving two-year terms in 1881, 1887 and 1891. He also was the county’s supervisor of roads and supervisor for the poor. The board wouldn’t see another Black supervisor until Jesse Mays in 1984.

Read the full article at Richmond magazine.

Photo by Kendall Warner for The Virginian-Pilot

Chesapeake artist mixes vibrant watercolors to illustrate new children’s book written by MLK’s only grandchild

By Colin Warren-Hicks for The Virginian-Pilot

In the children’s book “We Dream a World,” a menagerie of airy purples and wispy greens creates a dreamlike bed of wildflowers at the bottom of the first page.

The watercolor illustration by Chesapeake artist Nicole Tadgell shows Martin Luther King Jr. standing among those flowers, his arms wrapped around his wife, Coretta, below the opening line: “Granddaddy and Grandma … ”

Tadgell, 54, illustrated the book which was released recently, in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and written by Yolanda Renee King, the 15-year-old and only grandchild of the civil rights leaders. Tadgell considers it the most prodigious job of her 20-plus-year career as an artist.

Read the full article at The Virginian-Pilot.

Photo by David Hungate for The Roanoke Times

Sea Cadets hit the water at Smith Mountain Lake

By Jason Dunovant for The Roanoke Times

Several young adults from the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps braved the cold at Smith Mountain Lake recently for a two-week training program focused on instilling skills on and off the water.

The Sea Cadets program was formed in 1958 by the Navy League of the United States. Since then, it has been providing youth between the ages of 13 and 18 with a greater appreciation of sea services and military life.

Read the full article at The Roanoke Times.

Contributed Photo

Waynesboro freshman Libby Caister taking part in House of Delegates page program

By Patrick Hite for Staunton News Leader

Last year Libby Caister and her mom began discussing how laws are made. The Waynesboro youth, then an eighth-grader at Kate Collins Middle School, had become frustrated with some of the laws and wanted to know how they could be changed.

Read the full article at Staunton News Leader.

Photo courtesy of Alison Larkin

Nerangis inspires, performs in new Civil War audiobook

By Brian Brehm for The Winchester Star

Most people have never heard of Clarence Johnson, but the young soldier’s experiences during the Civil War have spawned a stage play and a new audiobook featuring some of the most popular narrators working today.

Read the full article at The Winchester Star.

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