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Va. historic marker honors guitarist, abolitionist

Thursday - 5/2/2013, 4:00am  ET

DEEP CREEK, Va. (AP) -- A Chesapeake-born pioneer of the classical guitar and abolitionist is being honored with the dedication of a historical marker.

The marker will rise Thursday in Deep Creek in recognition of Justin Holland. Born in Virginia nearly 200 years ago, Holland moved to Massachusetts in 1833. He took music lessons there and learned to play the guitar. Holland later moved to Cleveland, became a music teacher and arranged several hundred pieces of music for the guitar.

He also was active in the movement to secure equal rights for African-Americans and attended the first National Negro Convention in Philadelphia in 1830.

The Department of Historic resources says the unveiling of the historic marker will be attended by a number of guests, including a professor of guitar at Norfolk State University.

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