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Dedication of Historic Markers Honoring Edmund and Elizabeth Campbell to be Held in Shirlington, May 31

ARLINGTON, Va. — On Sunday, May 31, two historic markers will be unveiled that honor the lifetime achievements of Elizabeth and Edmund Campbell, distinguished Arlingtonians who devoted their lives to education and justice. The event will take place from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on the plaza in front of the Shirlington Library and Signature Theatre. Remarks will be offered at 1:30 p.m.

Speakers include: Barbara Favola, Arlington County Board Chairman; Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and CEO of WETA; and Don and Ben Campbell, the sons of Elizabeth and Edmund Campbell. Dan DeVany, Vice President and General Manager of Classical WETA 90.9 FM, will serve as the program’s master of ceremonies. Children from Campbell Elementary School will perform for the audience. Additionally, the Campbell Meeting Room at Shirlington Library will feature various interviews and other media materials about the Campbells. For the event, the Classical WETA Players will provide musical entertainment before and after the marker dedication and there will be craft activities for children.

Elizabeth and Edmund Campbell dedicated their lives to public service and activism. Mrs. Campbell founded public broadcaster WETA and was the first woman elected to a school board in the history of Virginia. Mr. Campbell was a pioneering civic leader, with a pivotal role in ending legally enforced racial segregation in Virginia’s public schools.

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