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Historians Seek More Answers On Richmond's Interracial Civil War Spy Ring

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Van Lew, the wealthy Richmond heiress who led one of the most successful Union spy rings of the Civil War. Her legacy has been  interpreted  through the works of  journalists, historians and playwrights. Adding to the intrigue, is Mary Bowser, a woman enslaved by the Van Lew family, rumored to have carried out espionage in the Confederate White House. But as WCVE’s Peter Solomon reports for Virginia Currents, the truth of this story is elusive.

Youth-led Town Halls Tackle Big Issues, From Violence Prevention to School Design

The Richmond Mayor’s Youth Academy works with hundreds of young people each year, connecting them to jobs and mentors. This year, the program is doing something new. Teens are organizing and leading youth-centered town halls. WCVE’S Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Virginia Women in History Honors Musician, Educator and Activist Gaye Todd Adegbalola

One of the women being honored by the Library of Virginia this month is a founding member of the seminal all female group, Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women. This “Virginia Woman In History” is also a longtime educator and activist. WCVE’s John Porter has more in this edition of Virginia Currents.


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