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First Women of Virginia
Virginia State Quarter Part 2
In part 1 of the Virginia State Quarter the three ships of the Virginia Company of London are featured on the reverse side of the quarter and their stories are shared. The voyage of the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery ships, starts the path of development for the Virginia settlement with only men and boys onboard. Although there were only men and boys onboard, there are Indian women who are part of their story. Through the years as more and more women and girls arrive, their stories become part of the American fabric.
Part 2 of the Virginia State Quarter tells their stories. Episode 13 of Quarter Miles Travel is important because we want to “say their names” and place their sacrifice, courage, struggles and accomplishments in their rightful place in history. This episode seeks to shine a light on how their lives were lived and the path they paved for us to travel today.
Who were the first women who left the England, and traveled across the Atlanta to settle in Virginia. Who were the women who helped the men and boys arriving in 1607 to Jamestown. Who were the women captured from their homeland, brought across the Atlantic in ships, traded and enslaved.
Who were they you ask –
They were strong, they were adventurous, brave and courageous most of all they were tenacious. In part 2 of the Virginia quarter I asked my guest Katherine “Kate” Gruber to share several stories of Virginia women and their journey to overcome obstacles, oppressive laws, enslavement and make their impression on history.
American women who helped build this nation. We will tell their stories, we will say their name.
Katherine “Kate” Gruber is the historian and curator at Yorktown – Jamestown foundation and curated a very influential exhibit at the Jamestown settlement & American Revolution museum named Tenacity. The perfect name to summarize the lives and stories of these women.
Kate stated – “Our goal was simply to speak the names of the women who have been, for so long, written out of traditional narratives. To give them a voice, to tell their stories. To reinsert women— Virginia Indian, African, and English— into their rightful place in history.”
First women of Virginia – honoring their lives and contribution to what would become the United States of America.
To learn more about Jamestown settlement visit the Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum in Yorktown, Virginia.
Visit their website – historyisfun.com
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