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    Around the Archives: Jo-Joy the Jack-in-the-Box

    Take a look Around the Archives and discover the history behind W.T. Grant Company's "Jo-Joy" jack-in-the-box and the comic book Christmastime adventures he faced between 1945 and 1953 Read more...
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    Alex Haley Discovers His Roots in Spotsylvania

    During the eight consecutive nights between January 23 and January 30, 1977, an estimated 140 million watchers tuned their televisions to ABC to watch the latest installment of Roots. Read more...
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    The Generations of LeVar Burton

    From his breakthrough role as Kunte Kinte on ABC’s Roots in 1977, to hosting PBS’s acclaimed Reading Rainbow for more than 20 years- LeVar Burton's legacy is not only marked by his acting roles, but his dedication to promoting education for all people. Read more...
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    John J. Wright: a Hometown Hero

    On November 18, 1863, Louisa Alsop gave birth to a son, John J. Wright, at Blanton Farm in Massaponax, Virginia. He attended a one room schoolhouse for Black children where he showed exceptional abilities and intellectual promise. Read more...
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