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Historical marker to be unveiled Oct. 15

A new Virginia historical highway marker recognizing the Honorable Armistead S. Nickens will be dedicated at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Lancaster County.

The marker, which will honor the county’s first and only elected Black representative in the House of Delegates, is located near the former Theodore Byrd barbershop at 621 Kamps Mill Road (Route 790) off Route 3 between Kilmarnock and Lancaster Court House.

The unveiling ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. The commemoration will continue from noon to 3 p.m. with a free community celebration on the grounds of the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society at 8346 Mary Ball Road (Route 3) in Lancaster Court House). The afternoon will feature food truck sales, music, local vendors and entrepreneurs, museum tours, historical displays, and community resource tables.

The marker text, approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Board of Historic Resources last September, will read: “Armistead S. Nickens (ca. 1836-1906). ...

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