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Drive-by history in Virginia

Eleven new highway markers that point out events, people and places significant to Virginia's history will soon join more than 2,000 roadside narratives already in place.

Here are some of the people and places that the markers will recognize:

Studley Beacon, which dates to the days when flashing airway beacons guided pilots on airmail routes. The Studley Beacon, erected in 1927 in the crossroads community of Studley in Hanover County, was one of 50 in Virginia on the Atlanta-New York Civil Airways Corridor. The beacon was dismantled in the mid-20th century.

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a Dinwiddie County native who was enslaved in Virginia and North Carolina before she bought her freedom in 1855 and relocated to Washington.

There she became the seamstress, personal maid and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln's wife.

The Hampton Indian Program, which began at Hampton Institute in 1878 with U.S. government-recruited American Indian students, who were admitted to the program in an attempt to “civilize” them. About 1,388 students participated in the program, which ended in 1923, according to the state Department of Historic Resources.

Peace Meeting Poisoning, which recalls the 1623 meeting between English soldiers from Jamestown and Indian leaders, who were returning English prisoners taken during fighting in 1622.

“At the meeting, the English called for a toast to seal the agreement, gave the Indians poisoned wine, and then fired upon them, felling as many as 150, including the chief of the Kiskiack,” according to a DHR description.

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