For Immediate Release
Library hosts Strong Men & Women in Virginia exhibition and reception
Fredericksburg, Virginia, September 16, 2019 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) will host the traveling exhibition for this year’s  Strong Men & Women in Virginia History September 25-October 30, at  Fredericksburg Branch. The Library of Virginia, in partnership with Dominion Energy, honors seven distinguished African American leaders annually by recognizing them as Strong Men & Women in Virginia History. According to the Library of Virginia, these individuals, past and present, are chosen based on their “contributions to the state, the nation, or their professions."

"These Virginia African American men and women offer powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstances. Their biographies are a testament to the determination and perseverance displayed by extraordinary people during challenging times. These individuals demonstrate how African Americans have actively campaigned through education and advocacy for better lives for themselves and all Americans.”
This year’s exhibition honors minister, civic leader, and former Fredericksburg mayor  Lawrence Davies for his work in Fredericksburg community affairs, his decade of service as the first African American elected to Fredericksburg’s city council, and his 20 years of service as the city’s first African American mayor. Davies has spurred the creation of low-income housing and affordable busing, has been an advocate for increased access to mental health treatment, and supported a community wellness coalition. Davies served as pastor of Shiloh (Old Site) for 50 years, and was honored in 2016 by Leadership Fredericksburg for his integrity and vision.

Fredericksburg Branch will host a reception in honor of Lawrence Davies on Friday, October 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager

For more information, contact Director Martha Hutzel,, 540-372-1144 x7003.

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