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Pioneering black Girl Scout troop in Va. honored

Tuesday - 1/14/2014, 3:41am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The first black Girl Scout troop in the South is among five historic sites and people being recognized by Virginia.

The Girl Scout troop began meeting on the campus of Virginia Union University in 1932. It served as a model for other Southern localities as the Girl Scouts moved toward integration.

The troop will be honored with a narrative marker approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

The other markers will recognize the first coeducational Presbyterian training school for lay workers, in Richmond; the First African Baptist Church in Richmond; a pioneering agricultural educator from southwest Virginia; and a popular illustrator and artist from Salem.

More than 2,500 historical markers are scattered around Virginia.


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