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General Assembly recognizes life, legacy of T.C. Walker

A resolution has passed both the Virginia House and Senate to commemorate the life and legacy of Gloucester’s Thomas Calhoun Walker.

The ceremonial legislation, which was introduced by Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna), enjoyed bipartisan support with delegates and senators from both sides of the aisle joining to advance the measure.

Both Hodges and Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City County) supported House Joint Resolution 960, which was agreed to in the House on Feb. 18 and subsequently by the Senate on Feb. 21.

HJ 960 recognizes Walker (1862-1953) as a “trailblazing attorney, educator, and public servant who dedicated his life to strengthening the Gloucester County community.” Additionally, the text of the resolution catalogues Walker’s life story, beginning with his birth into slavery and subsequent enrolling at the Hampton Institute to pursue an education.

Walker began his education with only 92 cents in his pocket but would go on to graduate from wha...

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