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Library of Virginia honors 8 pioneering women

Tuesday - 3/5/2013, 11:22am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. -- Eight women are being recognized by the Library of Virginia for their pioneering achievements.

They include the first African-American woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Virginia, Cleo Elaine Powell, and the primary health care provider on Tangier Island, Elizabeth Inez Pruitt.

The others are Elizabeth Ambler Brent Carrington, who helped establish the Female Humane Association of Richmond; Lynchburg's Mary C. Alexander, one of the first women to be license as a pilot in Virginia; northern Virginia educator Louise Reeves Archer; Amelia County's Eva Fleming Scott, the first woman elected to the Virginia Senate; White House correspondent Ann Compton; and Norfolk's JoAnn Falletta, a conductor and advocate for contemporary music.

The honorees will be recognized at a ceremony on March 28.

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