Virginia Women's Monument Unveiled

First of its Kind on State Capitol Grounds

October 14, 2019 - 3:21 pm

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Richmond, Va. ( - The Virginia Women's Monument, the first of its kind at any state capitol, was unveiled today on State Capitol Grounds.  Several Girl Scouts helped unveil seven statues, which will number twelve when the monument is fully realized.

The monument, ten years in the making, includes statues of Elizabeth Keckly, of Dinwiddie, who was born a slave, became a seamstress, and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln.  Pumnkey Chief Cockacoeske is also depicted.

Governor Ralph Northam made use of his speech to push for women's issues, including health care rights, and equal pay.

The monument is located just downhill from the Washington Monument on the grounds.