Mathews Memorial Library is celebrating National Women’s History Month throughout March with an exhibit honoring women of Mathews whose leadership and accomplishments have made a difference in the community.
Women both past and present will be included in the exhibit, titled “A Woman’s Place—In A Community Made Better.”
Two women whose contributions are being acknowledged initially are Sally Louisa Tompkins, who established and operated the Robertson Hospital in Richmond during the Civil War, and Emma Lee Smith White, who was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates by Mathews and Gloucester voters for two terms, serving from 1930 to 1933. These women’s portraits are prominently displayed in the library and will be on exhibit throughout the month.
For women of today, Mathews Library Director Bette Dillehay has asked that members of the community submit the names and, where available, photographs, of those they consider to have made important contributions to Mathews County ...
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