Commemorating Black History, highlighting Women's Issues, and honoring DAR chapter women Veterans was the theme of the March meeting of the Williamsburg Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR presented Colonial Interpreter Valerie Holmes with the Women in American History Award Medal at the March 1st gathering held at Colonial Heritage Country Club. Chapter members enjoyed Mrs. Holmes historical portrayal of black women in three centuries accompanied by Mary Cottrill of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation entitled, "To be seen as an American". Mrs. Holmes holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Hampton Institute and Master's Degree in Performing Arts from Regent University. Valerie Holmes has worked as a Performing Arts Interpreter for over 21 years in the Tidewater Area portraying such women as Lydia Broadnax, a slave of George Wythe and Ann Ashby, wife of a free man, as well as the great educator, Clara Byrd Baker.
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