The Department of Historic Resources sponsored the first Black History Month Historical Marker Contest in February of 2020. Students were invited to nominate an African American Virginia that they wanted to be recognized with a historic marker.
During February 2020, fourth grade students in the FDES dual language classes worked to research little known histories of African American people and events from Virginia's past as part of the inaugural Black History Month Historical Marker Contest initiated to reflect a more diverse history of our state. Mrs. Stock's students worked together to submit several entries for consideration.
In October 2020, Mrs. Stock was notified that at least one of their ideas, in combination with other submissions from across the state, has been chosen to be used on a new Virginia historical marker sign.
These students who are now fifth graders at DMIS have been invited along with Mrs. Stock to attend a virtual "school assembly" held by Governor Northam and his wife next week to unveil the ten new markers along with a sneak peek at an exclusive "Black History in Virginia" video created by Virginia Tourism.