Mayor Levar Stoney keeps a small ceramic turtle on his desk. “Good leaders stick their necks out in a time of crisis,” he said. Stoney, 36, has been sticking out his neck for years – as the first in his family to attend college, as the youngest member of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration and the first African-American to serve as secretary of the commonwealth, and now as mayor of Virginia’s capital.
Construction likely will begin this summer on the state Capitol grounds for a monument honoring Virginia women. The executive committee of the Women of Virginia Commemorative Commission was briefed Wednesday on the timetable for the project, which will feature bronze statues of a dozen historically significant women of various races and backgrounds.
Women across the country demanding equality. African Americans protesting racism. Government officials worried about Russian interference. Those descriptions may reflect today’s headlines. But they also mirror what was happening a century ago – as America was coming out of World War I. To commemorate the war’s centennial, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture is showcasing two exhibits – “WW1 America” and “The Commonwealth and the Great War.”