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Va. OKs 2 historical markers for Lynchburg

Monday - 4/14/2014, 5:31am  ET

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Two Virginia historical markers are being added to the Lynchburg landscape.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources markers will recognize Amelia Perry Pride's Dorchester Home for impoverished former slave women. A Hampton University graduate, Pride established the home in 1897. It provided shelter, fuel, clothing and food for residents until their deaths. Pride was also a passionate advocate of education for African-Americans and Virginia Indians.

The other marker will recognize Camp Davis. It was a Civil War mustering ground for Confederate troops from Virginia under the command of Col. Jubal A. Early. At least 130 Southern soldiers died at the camp's hospital. They were buried in Lynchburg's Old City Cemetery.

During Reconstruction, Camp Davis was a refuge for freed slaves.


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