February 3, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Call for Student Nominations for the Emancipation Proclamation Monument

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial CommissionThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website invites students in grades K‐12 to nominate an African American Virginian for recognition on the Virginia Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument.  The permanent 12‐foot monument, celebrating the emancipation of slaves and freedom, will be located on Brown’s Island in Richmond, Virginia.

Nominations may be submitted by an individual, a class, or a school.  All nominations must include the nominee’s name, place of birth and date, geographical area of Virginia the nominee is associated, a brief description of achievements and/or contributions to emancipation or freedom, and the name and contact information of the person or group submitting the nomination.  As a possible resource, Dominion Virginia Power and the Library of Virginia’s Strong Men & Women in Virginia History include a list of past honorees from 1991–2016This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website

Please submit all entries by March 31, 2017, to:

If you have questions, please contact Betsy Barton, History and Social Science Specialist, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by email at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3454; or Brenda Edwards, Senior Research Associate, Division of Legislative Services, by email at bedwards@dls.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-3591, ext. 232.