Saturday, April 7, 2012

Virginia approves historical marker for Justin Holland (1819-1887), African American Classical Guitarist & Composer

[Justin Holland] reported on April 6, 2012 that an historical marker for Virginia native Justin Holland (1819-1887) was one of three markers approved on March 15, 2012:

The Republic

April 06, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Historic Resources has approved three new roadside historical markers, including one honoring an escaped slave who inspired abolitionists.

"Anthony Burns escaped his masters and fled to Boston in 1854. Under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, his owner demanded his return to Virginia. His arrest in Boston sparked an attempt to rescue him, resulting in an escort of 1,500 troops to ensure he was delivered back to Virginia.

“A marker honoring Burns has been approved for Stafford County. The other markers commemorate Henry County's first courthouse and recognize Justin Holland, a black 19th century classical guitarist and arranger. The Henry County marker is proposed for U.S. 57 and Route 93, while the Holland marker is proposed for Chesapeake.”

The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the State Review Board held a joint meeting in Richmond on March 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. The following is an excerpt from the Minutes of the joint meeting, at which the historical marker was approved unanimously:

"3. Justin Holland
Sponsor: DHR
Locality: Chesapeake
Proposed Location: Near intersection of Galberry and Shell Roads
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Bill, Thanks for sharing this fantastic news! Barbara [Dr. Barbara Clemenson]
That's great news! Hope you're doing well, Bill! [Dr. Kim Perlak]

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