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RICHMOND, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The Library of Virginia is honoring eight Virginians in February in observance of African-American History Month.

The eight include names from the state’s history books as well as contemporary figures. Biographies of the honorees will be displayed in an exhibition at the library in Richmond through the month of February.

The eight are: anthropologist Michael L. Blakely, who was in charge of scientific research on the African Burial Ground in New York City; emancipation author Noah Davis of Fredericksburg; civil rights leader James Farmer of Spotsylvania County; former slave and Baptist minister John Jasper; football great and entrepreneur Willie Lanier; pioneering filmmaker Oscar Micheaux; former state legislator Yvonne B. Miller of Norfolk; and civil rights activist Irene Morgan of Gloucester County.

As mentioned in the Library of Virginia website, these men and women featured as Trailblazers offer powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstance and it is these many contributions that the African American Trailblazers program seeks to share.

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