HISTORYMYSTERY

March-April 2019

It’s a HISTORY MYSTERY!

The theme for this year’s column is “Famous People Born in Virginia.” You are invited to submit your guess as to the identity of the person pictured in each issue. Correct entries will be placed in a drawing and the winner announced in an upcoming issue. The winner will receive $25.00.

Deadline is March 20.

 

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HISTORY MYSTERY ENTRY FORM

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Our January History Mystery subject was Lucy Randolph Mason (1882-1959). Born near Alexandria, Mason was a descendant of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights that served as a model for the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution. She grew up in Richmond and began her social reform work there, seeking more humane conditions for working people and an end to racial injustice. As a young woman, she supported herself by working as a stenographer and devoted much of her free time to volunteer social service work and political activities on behalf of women’s suffrage. She later served as industrial secretary for the Richmond YWCA from 1914-1918 and 1923-1932, taking a five-year break to care for her father. Mason stimulated YWCA involvement with economic advancement in the African-American community and generated public support for state laws to raise minimum wages, shorten work hours, end child labor and ensure safer workplaces. She also traveled throughout the South promoting voluntary employer agreements and using pressure from consumers to raise labor standards. Throughout her life, she lobbied to ensure that labor union organizers throughout the South were guaranteed the rights to free speech, free assembly and due process called for in the Bill of Rights. Reader Stephanie Houghton of Winchester was our $25 winner.

Congratulations, Stephanie!

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