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01/27/2015 - 10:09am
Gladys Poles Todd, Courtesy of the Free Lance-Star

Gladys Poles Todd, long-time Fredericksburg resident, died recently at the age of 101, having witnessed and been a part of the city’s changeover from its days of segregation. She lived to see schools and lunch counters integrated, and she was an important force behind making that happen. Among her many works, Mrs. Todd organized sit-ins, led voter registration drives, and supervised night study programs.

Her obituary gives a goodly number of details from her long and generous life, but you may also wish to read more about her in Fitzgerald’s A Different Story: A Black History of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania.

In 1997, she and other local leaders in the Civil Rights era got together for a forum at the library to discuss those difficult days. Fortunately, the program, Civil Rights: Fredericksburg’s Story, was recorded in DVD format and can be checked out.

Besides a historic legacy to be shared by the community, Mrs. Todd also left a personal record of her life. Her oral history, part of HFFI’s Pieces of Our Past series, is available to read in the Virginiana Room of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Photo courtesy of The Free Lance-Star
04/20/2011 - 2:29am
Fredericksburg City Seal

If you live in the City of Fredericksburg the City goverment is looking for your feedback on the City's National Citizen Survey.

The City asks that you only respond if you are a City resident (zip code 22401) and that you complete only one survey per household. Allow 10-15 minutes to complete the survey. Take the survey now.

The online survey will be available for citizens to complete through the end of April. Read the City's press release to find out more about this survey.

If you have questions about the survey, contact Arnold Levine at

09/16/2010 - 2:08pm
Ever wondered how to get started with your research on business information, especially on how to start your own business, where to get facts and statistics from, etc.? Have you given up after a short while because it seems that the Web either does not provide what you need or that every single business resource costs money?
Well, there is another way to obtain business information right from the comfort of your home ... and for absolutely no fee!
This pathfinder will help you navigate selected United States Government Business Information Sources, regarded as the most credible and up-to-date information source in the ever-changing environment of the Web. Many users are not aware of the wealth of information that our government provides to the general public for free. But, admittedly, it can get quite confusing. With so many operating agencies it seems like an impossible task to track down exactly what you need.
06/03/2010 - 9:45am

Fredericksburg port record information, collected by historian John "Jack" Johnson, is now available for searching and browsing through the CRRL history Web site.

Discover ships and captains making port in this bustling sea town or conduct a general search to get an idea of the commercial activity. For instance, on Christmas Day, 1816, a half dozen ships made port from as far away as Boston, Massachusetts, and as close as Richmond, Virginia, bringing undisclosed cargoes!

Searching the port records can be done by year, ship name, captain name, OR combinations thereof.

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