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12 women make the cut for Va. monument

Monday - 12/9/2013, 1:59pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. -- One dozen women have been selected from Virginia's four centuries of history to be memorialized with a bronze monument on Capitol Square.

They range from the obvious, such as Martha Washington, to the obscure. The latter includes who is believed to be the first female chief of the Pamunkey Indian tribe, Cockacoeske, and Ann Burras Laydon of Jamestown, the first married female settler.

Perhaps the biggest omission: Pocahontas.

The Richmond Times- Dispatch ( reports that the Women of Virginia Commemorative Commission made its final selections last week.

Commission members picked the 12 from a list compiled by a panel of historians and narrowed by an executive committee.

The absence of Pocahontas prompted a protest by one commission member who urged readers in a newspaper ad to appeal to the commission.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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