MPAAGHS Historical Highway Marker Fund

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The Virginia Historical Highway Marker program documents facts, persons, events, and places prominently identified with the history of the nation, state, or region. As of 2019, only a few hundred (12%) of more than 2600 state markers focused on African Americans. MPAAGHS decided to work on increasing these numbers. MPAAGHS received approval for and subsequently dedicated the Stingray Point Contraband marker, noting the 1861 self-emancipation of six enslaved men in Middlesex County, Virginia. MPAAGHS continues its quest to further diversify the marker program and has identified multiple topics that warrant highway markers. Contributions to the Highway Marker Fund will defray the $1,770 cost of each highway marker.