New Historic Road Markers Approved

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – The eight new historical markers are intended to educate the public about a person, place or event of regional, state or national significance.

The Virginia Board of Historic Resources approved the markers earlier this month. After approval, it can take up to three months or more before a new marker is ready for installation.

New markers approved include:

  • Ingles Ferry to Radfordsponsored by Virginia Lewis & Clark Legacy Trail, Inc.
    • The proposed location is Wilderness Drive, near West Main Street.
    • Ingles Ferry on the New River was established in 1762 by William Ingles and was a passage for people migrating west, including William Clark.
  • Rosa L. Dixon Bowser (1855-1931) in Amelia County sponsored by the Department of Historic Resources (DHR).
    • The proposed location is at the intersection of Patrick Henry Highway and Grub Hill Church Road.
    • Rosa Bowser was an educator and social reformer enslaved at birth. She was educated in Richmond Public Schools, taught and supervised teachers, and helped form the first African-American teachers’ association in Virginia. As a leader in women‘s clubs and African-American reform organizations. She called for improvements in health care, legal aid, support for young mothers and education for disadvantaged children. She also helped found the National Association of Colored Women which fought against lynching and segregation and for women’s suffrage.
  • Belmead in Powhatan County sponsored by HRD.
    • The proposed location is at the intersection of Bell Road and Cartersville Road.
    • Belmead is the Gothic Revival style home of planter Philip St. George Cocke and was built in 1845 with the labor of enslaved African Americans. In the 1890s it became two schools, one being the nation’s only military school for African American men and the other a high school for black and Native American women.
  • Potomac River Oyster Wars in the Town of Colonial Beach sponsored by Colonial Beach Greenspace, Inc.
    • The proposed location is at the intersection of Irving Avenue and Monroe Bay Avenue.
    • Disputes over oyster harvesting in the Potomac River have fueled violence between local boatmen and Maryland Fisheries Police for decades. After officers killed Virginian Berkeley Muse in April 1959, the Fisheries Police underwent sweeping reforms. In 1962, Congress created the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, ending the era of violence.
  • James Horace Carter in King and Queen County sponsored by the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society.
    • The suggested location is The Trail and Allens Circle.
    • James Horace Carter, a 45-year-old African-American husband and father, was lynched on October 12, 1923. Two weeks before his lynching, a white woman had admitted that Carter was the father of one of her children. He was charged with rape and arrested. As he was being driven to the King and Queen County Jail, a mob grabbed him from the car and killed him. The case was widely reported but no one was prosecuted for the murder.
  • Pioneers of a new era in richmond sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Alumni Brothers.
    • The proposed location is near the entrance to Evergreen Cemetery.
    • Commemorates the life of Dr. Joseph Endom Jones and Rosa Kinckle Jones were educators in Richmond after emancipation. Joseph Jones was enslaved at birth and taught at Virginia Union University for 45 years. His wife taught music at Hartshorn Memorial College and ran the Woman’s Union Beneficial Department, an insurance company. Their son Eugene Kinckle Jones led the National Urban League and in 1906 co-founded Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Great Exodus from Bondage in Fredericksburg sponsored by the City of Fredericksburg.
    • The proposed location is 900 Princess Anne Street.
    • The old Farmers’ Bank building was once the home and workplace of John Washington (1838-1918) who wrote a memoir about his life in slavery in the 1870s. It was among the first of more than 10 000 enslaved refugees in surrounding counties who escaped to Union lines and freedom over the next four months. These acts of self-emancipation accelerated a shift in federal policy that ultimately led to the 13th Amendment.
  • West Ford (circa 1784-1863) in Fairfax County sponsored by the West Ford Legacy Foundation.
    • The proposed location is the intersection of the Richmond Highway with Fordson Road.
    • West Ford was born a slave in the home of George Washington’s brother and was brought to live in Mount Vernon. He learns to read, write and count and becomes a carpenter. He was released at 21 and spent more than 50 years as plantation manager at Mount Vernon. He inherited over 100 acres from Bushrod Washington, he sold the land and purchased property at the location of the marker which became a free African-American community which continued to thrive after the Civil War.

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