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5 Fun Facts About March 24 In Virginia History

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1. In 1973, Virginia Governor Mills Godwin signed a law allowing women to serve on juries for the first time in the state's history.

2. On March 24, 1854, the Virginia General Assembly voted to allow the creation of a railroad line that would run from the Virginia coast to the Ohio River, spurring economic growth and development in the state.

3. Civil rights activist Barbara Johns led a student walkout on March 24, 1951 at the all-black Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia, protesting the school's segregated conditions. This event was a major milestone in the desegregation of schools.

4. In 1622, Native American tribes waged a surprise attack on Jamestown, killing more than 300 settlers. March 24 is now observed as a day of remembrance for the victims of the attack.

5. Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho opened fire on campus on March 24, 2007, killing 32 people and injuring 17 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.
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