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The Black Women at Virginia Tech History Project is a multi-phase research and educational project that involves identification of the first black women students, staff, and faculty at Virginia Tech and the collection of their oral history narratives. The interviews focus on the entry experience and the interviewees' perceptions of the climate and attitudes within the university community particularly as pertains to race and gender. Another phase of the project involves the design and execution of program events to enhance communication within and beyond the university community.

About the Black Women at Virginia Tech History Project

First Black Women Students Came to Virginia Tech in Fall 1966

Linda (Adams) Hoyle Jackie (Butler) Blackwell Linda (Edmonds) Turner Freddie Hairston Laurette (Harper) Scott Chiquita Hudson

(Left to Right): Linda (Adams) Hoyle, Jackie (Butler) Blackwell, Linda (Edmonds) Turner, Freddie Hairston, Marguerite Laurette (Harper) Scott, Chiquita Hudson.
Images are from the Virginia Tech 1967 and 1968 Bugles and a scrapbook of Linda Edmonds Turner, class of 1970.

More Black Women Students Who Were Pioneers at Virginia Tech

Cheryl Butler Marva Felder Elanie Carter

Left to Right: Cheryl Butler (McDonald), Marva Lajeune Felder (Davis), Elaine Carter

  • Cheryl Butler (McDonald), first black woman in the Corps of Cadets (1973) --including oral history transcript
  • Marva Felder, first black homecoming queen (1982)--including images and oral history transcript
  • Elaine Carter, catalyst for the Black Women at Virginia Tech Project and the oldest black student at Virginia Tech--including oral history transcript

Other Sites of Interest

The African American History Resources at Washington and Lee University

Send questions or comments to:
Tamara Kennelly
University Archivist
University Libraries
Virginia Tech
P.O. Box 90001
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001

Last Updated on: Friday, 25-Feb-2011 09:53:24 EST
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Justin Iovenitti, Mohamed Amin,Tamara Kennelly and Oladunni Akinpelu

Produced by University Archives in collaboration with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Women's Center at Virginia Tech